Glasgow (Craigton) Cemetery
- Country United Kingdom
- Total identified casualties 260 Find these casualties
- Region Glasgow
- Identified casualties from First & Second World War
- GPS Coordinates Latitude: 55.84669, Longitude: -4.33366
This is a large cemetery south of the city centre with an active crematorium on site. By road - From roundabout above junction 25 of the M8 motorway take the exit for the A739 Berryknowles Road and head south. The main entrance to the cemetery is 500 metres down this road on left side of the road. It sits back from the main road, just past a block of flats. By public transport - Trains from Glasgow Central Station to Gourock or Paisley stop at Cardonald Railway Station. The cemetery is a short walk from the Station. Alternately, bus number 56 from Union Street (from outside the Central Station) stops near the cemetery entrance on Berryknowles Road.
The cemetery is open from 0800-1745 each day.
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.
Glasgow was one of the ports of embarkation for the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 and several military hospitals opened in the city during the First World War, including the 3rd and 4th Scottish General (1,200 beds each), and the Merryflats War Hospital (500 beds). Battalions of a number of Scottish regiments had their headquarters at Glasgow during both wars, most notably the Highland Light Infantry. The Clydeside shipyards were targeted by German bombers during the Blitz, and Glasgow suffered a particularly ferocious attack on the night of 13/14 March 1941 when many civilians and servicemen were killed.
Glasgow (Craigton) Cemetery contains 171 scattered burials of the First World War and 84 from the Second World War.