Photos courtesy of A. Baker, 2009; C. Lewis, 2012




Country: United Kingdom

Historical Information: During the two world wars, the United Kingdom became an island fortress used for training troops and launching land, sea and air operations around the globe. There are more than 170,000 Commonwealth war graves in the United Kingdom, many being those of servicemen and women killed on active service, or who later succumbed to wounds. Others died in training accidents, or because of sickness or disease. The graves, many of them privately owned and marked by private memorials, will be found in more than 12,000 cemeteries and churchyards. Many of the 63 Second World War Commonwealth burials at Northwood Cemetery were from the Royal Air Force station at Northolt, the premier fighter station for the defence of London and a famous Battle of Britain station. A wing of the Polish Air Force operated from Northolt at this time and 54 Polish airmen are also buried in the cemetery. Many of the Second World War graves will be found in the war graves plot in section H, the rest are scattered throughout the cemetery. Northwood Cemetery also contains five graves from the First World War.

No. of Identified Casualties: 123


Lieutenant ARTHUR BARRETT GREY 156084, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 21 on 17 October 1942

Son of Walter Barrett Joseph and Dorothy Grey, of St. John's Wood, London.

Remembered with honour NORTHWOOD CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. H. Grave 320.

See Times article Oct 21, 1942; FALLEN OFFICERS, GREY

See Times article Feb 13, 1943; IN MEMORIAM AB GREY

Quis Separabit

Source: CWGC; The Times

Photos: A. Baker; C. Lewis