Ramsgate’s WW1 heritage

Why not join us on one of this years guided tours of the WW1 graves in Ramsgate Cemetery? Ramsgate Cemetery was opened in March 1871 on a pleasant hillside overlooking the town. An extension was added later.  During the First World War most of the men and women who died were buried overseas but nevertheless there are about a hundred WW1 graves in Ramsgate Cemetery. Most of them are marked by CWGC gravestones but there are others which are not.

Those commemorated include drowned sailors, influenza victims and those killed in explosions or bombing raids. Some local men who were badly wounded came home to die. Others such as the Canadians and Australians were buried far from home. There are also three women buried in CWGC graves and one double headstone for two brothers.

All tours start near the main entrance in Cecilia Road. If you are early please wait on the benches near the chapel. Sturdy shoes are advisable as the ground is uneven in places. Tours take about an hour and it is possible for visitors with buggies, pushchairs and wheelchairs to visit most parts of the cemetery.  There is limited parking in the cemetery approach road. The Thanet Loop bus service stops nearby at the railway viaduct in Margate Road or in Hereson Road,  and Dumpton Park Station is only a 10 minute walk away.

2015 dates

June Friday 12th                      7pm

July Wednesday 15th            2pm

August Saturday 22nd          3pm

September Thursday 3rd    2pm



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