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Birmingham (Yardley) Cemetery

  • Country United Kingdom
  • Total identified casualties 517 Find these casualties
  • Region Warwickshire
  • Identified casualties from First & Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: 52.45913, Longitude: -1.81784

History information

The First World War saw four important hospitals - besides many smaller - posted at Birmingham: the 1st Southern General (3,500 beds) was in the university and other buildings, with a section at Stourbridge; the 2nd/1st Southern General (1,800 beds) in the Dudley Road Infirmary and in billets; the 1st Birmingham War Hospital (1,000 beds) at Rubery Hill Asylum and the 2nd Birmingham War Hospital (900 beds) at Hollymoor Asylum.

Military hospitals were at Birmingham again during the Second World War, including No 7 Canadian Hospital at Marston Green. Birmingham and Coventry were among the chief manufacturing areas producing materials for the war effort and were subjected to many devastating air raids during the Blitz of 1940-41.

Birmingham (Yardley) Cemetery contains 262 First World War burials. 62 of these First World War burials are in a war graves plot and are commemorated on the Screen Wall at the head of this plot. In addition, a Screen Wall commemorates those buried in graves elsewhere in the cemetery not marked by headstones. Second World War burials number 250, 31 of them forming a small plot towards the centre of the cemetery, the rest scattered. The names of six men buried in graves not marked by headstones have been added to the existing Screen Wall.