Mortlake Cemetery

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Mortlake Cemetery
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Clifford Avenue and Lower Mortlake Road, Kew, London
Coordinates51°28′16″N 0°16′31″W / 51.47109°N 0.27524°W / 51.47109; -0.27524Coordinates: 51°28′16″N 0°16′31″W / 51.47109°N 0.27524°W / 51.47109; -0.27524
Owned byHammersmith and Fulham Council
WebsiteLondon Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham cemeteries
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Mortlake Cemetery is a cemetery in Kew[1] in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (historically in North Sheen, Surrey). It is also known as Hammersmith New Cemetery as it provided burials for the then Metropolitan Borough of Hammersmith when Margravine Cemetery was full.[2] The cemetery opened in 1926 and is still in use.[3] It is now managed by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.[3]

The cemetery is located on Mortlake Road (the A205 or South Circular Road), opposite North Sheen Cemetery. The nearest London Underground station is Kew Gardens.

War graves[edit]

The cemetery contains the Commonwealth war graves of 109 service personnel of World War II. Many are buried in private graves but others are in a special services plot in the south-eastern corner of the cemetery. At the latter, the casualties are mainly buried in collective graves holding up to five bodies each due to the limited burial space. The names of those buried in the plot are listed on the CWGC-erected memorial that also lists service personnel of the same war who were cremated at Mortlake Crematorium.[4]

Mortlake Crematorium[edit]

Mortlake Crematorium was built next to the cemetery in 1939.[2] Seventy-seven Commonwealth servicemen of World War II who were cremated at the crematorium are listed on a screen wall memorial erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in the cemetery.[5] They include England rugby international Vivian Davies (1899–1941) who was a captain in the Royal Artillery.[6] The memorial is listed Grade II by Historic England.[7]

Notable burials[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kew Village Plan Consultation Boards" (PDF). Village Plans. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mortlake Cemetery". London Gardens Online. London Parks and Gardens Trust. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "North Sheen and Mortlake Cemeteries". Cemeteries out of the Borough. London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  4. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery report.
  5. ^ "Mortlake Cemetery". Cemetery Details. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Davies, Vivian Gordon". Casualty details. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  7. ^ Historic England (5 May 2011). "Hammersmith Memorial to World War II Civilian Dead, Mortlake Cemetery (1400837)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  8. ^ "WPC Jane Arbuthnot". Police Memorial Trust. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  9. ^ Robertson, Geoffrey (2013). Stephen Ward Was Innocent, OK: The Case for Overturning his Conviction. London: Biteback Publishing. ISBN 9781849547024. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  10. ^ Harry, Bill. "Carol White, 'The Battersea Bardot'". Bill Harry's Sicties Snapshots. Retrieved 17 October 2020.

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