The Commission decided to use headstones rather than
crosses to mark the graves so that people of every religion
(and those with none) would be respected. Any chosen
religious symbol could be carved into the stone instead.
Headstones would be simpler to produce, stand up better
against the weather and have more room for inscriptions.
This upset many people. Lady Florence Cecil, wife of
the Bishop of Exeter, who lost three sons, pleaded ‘in
the name of thousands of heartbroken parents, wives,
brothers and sisters. It is only through the hope of
the cross that most of us are able to carry on the life
from which all the sunshine seems to have gone.’