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Leicester (Gilroes) Cemetery

  • Country United Kingdom
  • Total identified casualties 272 Find these casualties
  • Region Leicestershire
  • Identified casualties from First & Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: 52.65121, Longitude: -1.17159

History 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. Between 1914 and 1919, the 5th Northern General Hospital, with more than 2,600 beds, occupied several buildings in Leicester and North Evington. More than 95,000 officers and men were admitted to the hospital, which recorded 514 deaths before its closure. During the Second World War, there was a Royal Air Force operational training station near Leicester. LEICESTER (GILROES) CEMETERY contains 110 burials of the First World War and 160 from the Second World War, all of them scattered throughout the cemetery. Within the cemetery stands the LEICESTER CITY (GILROES) CREMATORIUM, in front of which a screen wall commemorates 31 servicemen and women of the Second World War whose remains were cremated there.