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war stories

There are 121 First World War burials, and 15 Second World War burials in the cemetery.

Two Victoria Cross recipients and the brother of  a well known Irish rebel.

The Commonwealth War Grave Commission has looked after these graves and erected a large memorial to those without a headstone.


Football Stories

Famous players who now rest in the cemetery or are commemorated on their family gravestone:

  • Bobbie Walker 1879 – 1930
  • Tom Purdie 1854 – 1929
  • John McCartney 1866 – 1933
  • James Speedie 1893 – 1915
  • John Speedie 1892 – 1917

Also, Walter Fairgrieve 1874 – 1915 who played for Southhampton & Luton Town

Asylum Stories

The girls who worked in the Magdalene Asylum (or Laundry) in Ardmillan Terrace next to the cemetery, are interred in a common plot with a small memorial to mark the place.

Magdalene asylums were religious institutions that operated from the 18th to the late 20th centuries, ostensibly to house “fallen women”. They were required to work as part of their board, and the institutions operated large commercial laundries.

More Stories

Some stories about the lives of the people who are resting within the cemetery.

The following websites are great places to start your search for more information. The following links will open in a new window.

cemetery map

The cemetery map will help you to locate individual plots.