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BIRMINGHAM (KEY HILL) CEMETERY

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Country:
United Kingdom
Locality:
Warwickshire
Identified Casualties:
46

Historical Information

The First World War saw four important hospitals - besides many smaller - posted at Birmingham: the 1st Southern General (3,500 beds) was in the university and other buildings, with a section at Stourbridge; the 2nd/1st Southern General (1,800 beds) in the Dudley Road Infirmary and in billets; the 1st Birmingham War Hospital (1,000 beds) at Rubery Hill Asylum and the 2nd Birmingham War Hospital (900 beds) at Hollymoor Asylum.

Military hospitals were at Birmingham again during the Second World War, including No 7 Canadian Hospital at Marston Green. Birmingham and Coventry were among the chief manufacturing areas producing materials for the war effort and were subjected to many devastating air raids during the Blitz of 1940-41.

Birmingham (Key Hill) Cemetery contains 38 burials of the First World War, most of them in Section L. None of these graves are individually marked, the casualties being commemorated by name on a Screen Wall. There are also eight burials of the Second World War.