During the First World War, Plymouth and Devonport hosted important military establishments which included the Royal Dockyard, the Royal Naval Barracks (H.M.S. Vivid), and the Plymouth Division Royal Marine Barracks, as well as naval and military hospitals. One of three huge cemeteries within the city limits, Weston Mill Cemetery contains 398 First World War burials, as well as 556 from the Second World War.
Now, dear reader, you may be thinking to yourselves, “This is all very well, but I certainly haven’t seen anything approaching the 943 burials mentioned at the start of the post. What exactly is going on?”. And you would be absolutely right to ask. There is a large World War II plot containing more than 300 burials in a section of the cemetery to the north that I had no idea was there, was unable to see, and only discovered its existence once I had returned home. And home is a long way from Plymouth. As it turned out, as the photo above shows, closing time would have precluded my visiting the plot anyway.
If you wish to view photographs of the two other Plymouth cemeteries I mentioned at the start of the post, this is the place to start: Efford Cemetery Part One.