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Bowmore New Parish Churchyard, Isle Of Islay

  • Country United Kingdom
  • Total identified casualties 27 Find these casualties
  • Region Argyllshire
  • Identified casualties from First & Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: 55.75475, Longitude: -6.28538

Location information

The Island of Islay can be reached by car ferry from the Scottish mainland or by plane from Glasgow. There is a limited public bus service on Islay, but there are local taxi services. The burial ground lies on the southern edge of Bowmore. It is adjacent to Kilarrow Church (the round church), which is at the top of Main Street in Bowmore.

History information

The Parish Church in the grounds is unusual, being completely circular in design.

There are 4 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-18 war here. There is a group of 1939-45 graves near the north-eastern entrance. The 1939-45 Commonwealth burials number in all 61. They include 36 unknown seamen of the Merchant Navy who were originally buried in the Claddach Burial Ground, Portnahaven, and 2 who were buried at Kilchiaran Burial Ground, Kilchoman, where the graves could not be permanently maintained. The great majority of the 1939-1945 graves are in the war graves group, but there are a few in other parts of the churchyard. There are 3 Foreign National war burials and 2 non-war Service burials here.