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Visit to Southampton Old Cemetery

On Monday, I went to Southampton on a visit to Southampton Old Cemetery with some of my classmates as we were on a history trip. I found out several interesting facts about the cemetery and the area.

The cemetery was built in the 1840s and over the years, it slowly became an area of over 27 acres. There are hundreds graves there, including 45 from the Titanic disaster. While there are headstones of the people who died on the Titanic, their bodies were never sent to the cemetery because the bodies had sunk with the ship. The headstones are marked with a blue peg.

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The Titanic is important to Southampton as the ship made the infamous voyage to America from Southampton harbour and the memorials in the cemetery consist mainly of workers and officers, although one passenger is commemorated there.

There is also a section of land with Belgian and French graves with a memorial. The soldiers were on their way for World War One but they got killed and the bodies were moved here. Lots of families are buried here and several graves have special engravings like badges in the army, and special emblems, including one grave with a harp, showing the person’s love for music.

Belgium graves in Southampton Old cemetery.  Image by Matt via Flickr.

Belgium graves in Southampton Old Cemetery. Image by Matt via Flickr.

I felt very intrigued by a lot of the stories behind the graves and I learned quite a bit about our local cemeteries and their history.

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About Ben Williams

I'm 16 years old. I like animals, lasagne, comic books, films, role-playing games and Doctor Who. I write cool stuff - Doctor Who, science fiction, film reviews, and quirks about Britain. I have a blue-tongued skink called Georgy and a cat called Billy.

6 responses »

  1. I think cemeteries are fascinating places to walk around – lots of snippets of history, and very peaceful. Did you see the Jewish section, where the dates on the graves are according to the Hebrew calendar?

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  2. an area of 10,000 kilometres? Surely some mistake?

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  3. What a fascinating school trip! I have never been there and now feel inspired to go and have a look.

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  4. Graham Williams

    This is really interesting stuff. Well done for your writing, and well done to your teachers for coming up with such an original idea for a field trip.

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