PERTH (JEANFIELD AND WELLSHILL) CEMETERY
- Country United Kingdom
- Total identified casualties 573 Find these casualties
- Region Perthshire
- Casualties from First & Second World War
- GPS Coordinates Latitude: 56.39812, Longitude: -3.45073
The cemetery is on the west side of Perth outside the city centre. By Road From the roundabout above Junction 12 of the M90 take the exit onto A93 Glasgow Road towards Perth centre. Travel along Glasgow Road for several miles until you get to a roundabout with a Lidl superstore. Take the first exit (left turn) into Riggs Road. Follow this up a slight hill and then at the T junction turn left into Jeanfield Road. The cemetery is on the right hand side behind a wall. The main entrance is a 200 metres along Jeanfield Road on the right hand side. There is a bus stop close to the cemetery entrance. Buses are available from Perth city centre or the cemetery is a ten minute taxi journey from Perth railway station.
A copy of the cemetery register and visitor book can be seen in the archive section of the Main Library in Perth which is open during their normal working hours -
AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP Tel. 01738 444949
During both World Wars, Perth Infirmary, containing 100 beds, became Perth War Hospital.
The 1914-1918 burials are located in many different parts of the cemetery.
In the early months of the 1939-1945 War the local authorities set aside a special section in the Jeanfield Division, opposite the Jeanfield Road entrance, for Commonwealth and Allied war graves, and in this section there is a small group of Commonwealth graves. The other Commonwealth graves are in various parts of the cemetery, in situations chosen by those who arranged the interments.
During the 1939-1945 war this cemetery was one of those selected for use as a Polish cemetery when Scotland became the base for the Polish Armed Forces in the United Kingdom. This is at the southern end of the Jeanfield Division and contains over 350 burials.
In a commanding position in the cemetery, and north of the Commonwealth 1939-1945 War graves, stands a granite Cross of Sacrifice.
There are now over 90, 1914-1918 and over 120, 1939-1945 Commonwealth War Dead commemorated in this site.