Glasgow City Scotland
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Glasgow crematorium stands within the Western Necropolis and a memorial in the garden of rest commemorates one servicemen of the First World War and 72 of the Second World War whose remains were cremated there.
It was opened in 1895 after the Scottish Burial Reform and Cremation Society (1888) was established as an educational body, designed to promote cremation as a more sanitary form of disposal for a fast growing population.It became the UK 's third crematorium and Scotland 's first after a long search for an appropriate piece of land. However, when the land at Glasgow's Western Necropolis was bought in 1893, it was two years before the first cremation took place on April 13th 1895.Cremations were extremely slow to catch on and, after ten years, only 191 had actually been carried out. After a further 30 years the annual figure was still only 346 but that did not deter the Society and, in 1936, they set to work doubling the capacity of the chapel to 100 and building four additional floors onto the Columbarium. In the late 1940's, as a result of increasing popularity, a second chapel was commissioned, opening as an extension of the existing buildings in 1954.
(text by Geoffrey Gillon)