|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The Cemetery is located off the East End Road in East Finchley near to where the A504 flyover crosses the North Circular Road (A406). The 47 acres of land comprising East Finchley Cemetery, formerly known as "Newmarket farm", were purchased by the St. Marylebone Burial Board in 1854 for the creation of the cemetery. The two Cedar of Lebanon trees were planted on the front lawn in 1856.1937 saw the opening of the Crematorium.Originally called St. Marylebone Cemetery, it was previously managed by St Marylebone Borough Council. It later became the responsibility of the City of Westminster following the local government re-organisation in 1965 when the
name formally changed to East Finchley. Westminster City Council re-aquired the cemetery in the early 1990's.
Famous Names and/or Memorials of special Interest:
Sir Henry Bishop Professor of Music at Oxford and operatic composer.
Leopold Stokowski Conductor.
Sir Robert Harmsworth Newspaper Publisher - Lutyen's Memorial.
Lord Northcliffe Founder of the Daily Mail.
Thomas Skarratt Hall Australian colonist.
Sir Joseph Chamberlain Brother of Neville Chamberlain.
Sir George Hayter Queen victoria's principal painter in ordinary.
Algernon Borthwick 1st Baron Glenesk - Memorial chapel and Mausoleum.
Thomas Henry Huxley Man of Science.
Heath Robinson Artist, cartoonist specialising in complicated designs
In the North-West part of the Cemetery is a War Graves Plot, set aside in December, 1916 for the burial of ex-Officers and men of His Majesty's Forces from the Borough whose deaths resulted from wounds received or disease contracted in the Great War. The plot is located in Remembrance Avenue on the north-western side of the cemetery, near the Western Gate. St. Marylebone Crematorium is situated within the grounds of the cemetery, near the War Graves Plot. The main carriage drive leading to the crematorium and chapel is in Holly Avenue. The screen wall can be found behind the Cross of Sacrifice in the War Graves Plot.
There are 75 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war in the cemetery. There are a further 79 burials of the 1939-45 war, 2 of which are unidentified British soldiers. There are also 10 non-war service burials here. There is a Screen Wall memorial, behind the Cross of Sacrifice, recording the names of the 1939-1945 casualties who were cremated and also names those burials not marked by headstones. There is also a small memorial on the left hand side of the plot recording names of 8 1914-18 casualties, who lie buried elsewhere in the cemetery and whose graves could not be individually marked. Total number of Identified Casualties - 183 (text by Geoffrey Gillon from CWGC and Westminster Council web-site)