Saturday, 13 February 2016

Henley Road Cemetery Reading

Reading Cemetery & Crematorium opened around 1927 and took over from Old Reading Cemetery which by then was starting to run out of room. The Henley road cemetery also has a crematorium which the old one did not. I had been here before to a cremation service but this was the first time I had come to look around, and I was looking for the graves of some of the people who died in the Reading Bombing in 1943

The entrance to Reading Cemetery with the gatehouse over to the left

The Main cemetery road leading to the crematorium and carpark 

As you can see it is tree lined

along which ever road you take
The Crematorium and Chapel 

One of the first places I spotted was the Commonwealth War grave cemetery

With a wall containing the list of fallen from the Second World War who were cremated

The Cross of Victory dominating the cemetery

Some of the graves of the fallen
Corporal C.E. Coston Royal Air Force 24th April 1944 Age 24

One of the Polish War Graves alonside that of a Merchant Navy Seaman

This is another war grave but you need to read the inscription to realise how unlucky the guy was

There are other war graves scattered around the cemetery in Family plots but this is another I find odd but I did read something about a tragedy happening at the place

One place I felt I would be intruding to photograph at the time was the memorial to the baby's who died, I just said a prayer and went on

as you can see the place is huge

 This is a memorial fro Paymaster  Lieutenant Harold James Luddington Appleyard RN of HMS Eagle  who was lost off the cost of Spain in 1957

One grave with an anchor on it and another with a pointing angel

Rather striking cross with winged angel
I never did find the graves I was looking for, I ended upcoming back to find them. It has been a while since I visited this cemetery so I may well return for a future visit.

Have a peacful Sunday


  1. Being ex-Navy I really like the Anchor & Cross grave. Fancy surviving a POW camp for all those years then being killed in a plane crash. At the time he possibly may have felt the war was all over for him & he was on his way home safely at last.

  2. i love the tall angel ... what a beauty. i will wish you a Happy <3 Day! but i am guessing that is an American holiday, but the kindness is always there, why not celebrate another day of being alive & happy? ( :

  3. It's so large and open, much like I would find at home. Have a wonderful week Bill

  4. It's always a good day for a lazy walk around a cemetery. some interesting headstones and monuments here.


  5. so sad there are so many - looks to be kept in good order.

  6. I love your British cementaries beacause the have special atmosphere and the look different from Polish ones

  7. I know this cemetery very well, Bill, as many of my relatives including my parents and grandparents are buried there in the old part to the left of the crematorium. Being far away I wish that I could visit more often.

  8. Poor Sapper Findlay, 5 years a prisoner and then dying in an air crash on the way home. Some great pictures here Bill

    1. Yes I thought that after being a prisoner of war for so long and freed only to be killed before he set foot on home soil. It's one of the most outstanging memorial in the cemetry