27 May 2023
Stratford-upon-Avon Cemetery - War Graves Week Tours
War Graves Week is an initiative aimed at encouraging people from the local community to come together and discover the World War heritage on their doorstep – learning about the stories of those commemorated by the CWGC and the skills, dedication and expertise of those CWGC staff and volunteers who work to keep their memory alive.
MEETING POINT at the Cemetery Chapel
Stratford upon Avon and its environs were the site of military training camps, hospitals, airbases, and prisoner of war camps during both World Wars. Accidents, wounds and illness, as well as enemy action, took its grim toll on service men and women from the many nations serving in the Stratford area. A walk around the municipal cemetery of Stratford perfectly illustrates this international sacrifice made in both World Wars. Gravestones of men from Canada, Germany, Australia, USA, Italy, New Zealand and Czechoslovakia lie alongside others who hail from every corner of the UK. There are 144 casualties within a dedicated CWGC plot of regimented Portland stone, a further 29 are scattered amongst the sprawling civilian cemetery. The tour will tell the stories of many of these casualties and how they came to rest in this ‘quiet’ corner of England.
There is parking on-site and nearby. There are no facilities or toilets. There is level ground so there is wheelchair access, although it will be on grass.
Car park is located in the middle of cemetery, access gained through main gate entrance.
Please come dressed for the weather and in a suitable walking shoe.