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SUTTON VENY (ST. JOHN) CHURCHYARD

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Country:
United Kingdom
Locality:
Wiltshire
Identified Casualties:
169
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
-2.14107
Latitude:
51.17453

Visiting Information

A Visitor Information Panel has recently been installed at Sutton Veny (St John) Churchyard to provide information about the war casualties buried here. This is one of many panels being erected to help raise awareness of First and Second World War graves in the UK (Jul 2013).

Historical Information

During the two world wars, the United Kingdom became an island fortress used for training troops and launching land, sea and air operations around the globe. There are more than 170,000 Commonwealth war graves in the United Kingdom, many being those of servicemen and women killed on active service, or who later succumbed to wounds. Others died in training accidents, or because of sickness or disease. The graves, many of them privately owned and marked by private memorials, will be found in more than 12,000 cemeteries and churchyards.

The 26th Division was concentrated at Sutton Veny in April 1915 and No 1 Australian Command was there from the end of 1916 to October 1919. There was also a hutted military hospital of more than 1200 beds at Sutton Veny for much of the war and No 1 Australian General Hospital was stationed there after the Armistice.

Sutton Veny (St John) Churchyard contains 168 First World War burials, 167 of them in a plot at the north west corner of the church. Of these, 143 are Australian.

There is only one Second World War burial in the churchyard.