January 2015 saw the beginning of a very welcome programme of monumental restoration undertaken by the stonemasons Fairhurst Ward and Abbotts.
26 of the graves are graves where WW1 soldiers are commemorated by their families, although they themselves are buried in France or elsewhere (see earlier post on this website). In some cases this has inspired family members to come forward with more information about the soldiers concerned. (See Gentle brothers under “War graves”). This restoration has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund under their scheme “First World War Then and Now”. The grant has also funded changes to this website (see “Explore the Cemetery” and, under construction, “Tracing Graves”) and two community events in 2014 (see “What’s On Past Events”).
A booklet of stories of some of the men commemorated is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The other graves being restored are those that were vandalized in the autumn. Restoration has been made possible thanks to funds from the Friends of Mill Road Cemetery (see Friends page for how to join) the City Council, The Golden Bottle Trust and the Parochial Burial Grounds Management Committee.
The illustrations show two graves, each before and after restoration.