Rows of headstones in front of the memorial building.

Brookwood American Cemetery

Overview

The 4.5 acre Brookwood American Cemetery in England lies to the west of the large civilian cemetery built by the London Necropolis Co. and contains the graves of 468 of our military dead. Close by are military cemeteries and monuments of the British Commonwealth and other allied nations. Automobiles may drive through the commonwealth or civilian cemeteries to the American cemetery.

Within the American cemetery the headstones are arranged in four plots, grouped around the flagpole. The regular rows of white marble headstones on the smooth lawn are framed by masses of shrubs and evergreen trees which form a perfect setting for the chapel, a classic white stone building on the north-end of the cemetery. The interior of the chapel is of tan-hued stone. Small, stained glass windows light the altar and flags and the carved cross. On the walls within the chapel are inscribed the names of 563 of the missing.

Dedicated
1937
Location
Surrey, United Kingdom
Burials
468
Missing in Action
563
Acres
4.50

Cemetery Information

Visiting Hours

The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except December 25 and January 1. It is open on host country holidays. When the cemetery is open to the public, a staff member is on duty in the visitor building to answer questions and escort relatives to grave and memorial sites.

Contact Us

Brookwood American Cemetery
Dawney Hill - Brookwood
GU 240 JB
Woking, Surrey
United Kingdom
tel Phone: +44 (0)1483 473 237

History

More than two million American service members arrived in France during World War I. Almost one million landed in England first. Most of those proceeded to France. Some remained, serving at base hospitals, naval air stations, in support of the ports, and at sea and in the air.

June 9, 1917: General John J. Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), and staff arrived in Britain. They consulted with British officials before reaching Paris on June 13.

February 5, 1918: A German submarine torpedoed the American troop ship SS Tuscania near the Isle of Islay, Scotland. More than 200 men were lost.

May 31: The troop ship USS President Lincoln was sunk by a German submarine in the Atlantic west of Brest, France.

July 20: The U.S. Navy established a seaplane patrol base at Killingholme, England.

August 1: Base Hospital No. 29 of the AEF began functioning in London.

September 16-17: The Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Seneca, on convoy escort, assisted the torpedoed steamship Wellington. Eleven Seneca and five Wellington men perished.

September 26: The USCGC Tampa was sunk by a German torpedo in the Bristol Channel. She sank with all hands: 131 lives were lost, including 111 Coastguardsmen. October 6: The troop ship HMS Otranto collided with another ship during a storm near the Isle of Islay.

General Pershing wrote in his final report: “The hospitable reception of those of our forces who passed through England has impressed upon us how closely common language and blood have brought together the British and ourselves.

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Brookwood American Cemetery

BrookWood American Cemetary

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