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Cemetery information

Beckenham Cemetery, the oldest cemetery operated by Dignity, opened in 1876. It is set over 44 acres of land next to South Norwood Country Park and is a place of outstanding tranquillity with peaceful gardens of remembrance and a beautiful waterfall.

It includes the resting place of cricketing legend, W G Grace; Thomas Crapper, the inventor of the flushable toilet; Frederick Wolseley, the inventor of the sheep-shearing machine and George Evans V.C., who was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1916.

There are 128 First World War graves in the cemetery, a number of them casualties from the Royal Naval Depot at Crystal Palace Park and the Army Services Corp Motor Transport Depot at Grove Park.

During the Second World War the larger of the cemetery's two chapels was devastated during air raids and had to be demolished. The chapel that survived the bombing was converted to include cremation facilities and opened in 1956.

The cemetery also contains a large memorial to the Stamp family, who have a notable history. Josiah Charles, the first Baron Stamp, an economist and financier, was killed together with his wife, by a German bomb on 16 April 1941. His son and heir, Wilfred Carlyle, was killed by the same bomb. He was deemed to have survived his father by a few seconds and to have inherited his peerage during that time, making him the briefest incumbent of any peerage.

Beckenham cemetery remains close to the heart of the local community and staff often help visitors to trace their familyhistory using the handwritten grave registers.

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