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Brookwood American Cemetery is the only American Military Cemetery of WWI in Britain. Although within the boundaries of the CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, the American Cemetery is maintained by the American Battlefield Monuments Commission, an agency of the United States Government, and is managed by an American. There are 486 casualties interred here, of which 41 are unidentified. In addition the names of 563 Americans who lost their lives at sea are inscribed on the walls of the impressive chapel. Most of these served with the United States Navy or United States Coast Guard, including 114 from the Coast Guard cutter Tampa which was sunk by a German submarine in the Bristol Channel in September 1918.

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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2015, 07:58:14 AM »

A 1920's image of American graves at Brookwood.

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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2016, 15:02:46 PM »

Spring 2015 - work underway prior to laying turf.

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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2017, 09:18:01 AM »

Western Morning News - Monday 16 August 1937

AMERICAN WAR DEAD. Memorial Chapel Dedicated In Surrey.
The memorial chapel in England to the 500 American soldiers who died in this country was dedicated in Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey, yesterday, in the twentieth year of the anniversary of the entry of America into the Great War. The chapel was given by the American Battle Monuments Commission, which has given similar chapels in the war cemeteries in Belgium and France.

Gen. Pershing, chairman of the Commission, which arrived in England on Saturday, was too unwell to attend, and the dedicatory address was delivered by Col. Robert G. Woodside, vice-chairman of the Commission.

There was a guard of honour of the 1st Battalion the Welsh Guards, a large contingent from the British Legion, and representatives of the American Legion, and the service was opened by the band of the Welsh Guards playing the American National Anthem.

The American Ambassador (Mr. Bingham) said that these soldiers had fought to preserve the ideals of freedom, justice, humanity, and democracy - the age -long traditions.

"They lie here in a land which is free - free as their own beloved land," he added.

Mr Duff Cooper (First Lord the Admiralty) spoke on behalf of the British Government. Maj.-Gen. Sir Fabian Ware, chairman of the Imperial War Graves Commission, placed in the chapel a cross of heather grown in the British cemetery at Brookwood. It was inscribed: "From the Imperial War Graves Commission on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom and the British Empire in undying gratitude."

The American Legion representatives subsequently placed a wreath on the Stone of Remembrance in the British war cemetery.
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Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 04 December 1943

Diplomas for U.S. Army Embalmers
Mr. W. T. Hinkley, funeral director, of Hastings, as chairman of the Southern Division of the British Institute of Embalmers, presented diplomas to members of the American Army on Sunday in London. The successful candidates by examination under the auspices of the Institute, are personnel engaged at the Brookwood American Military Cemetery in embalming casualties occurring over here. They are funeral directors drawn from various States in America, and hold the State licence to embalm by qualification. Since being in England they have studied and sat for the examinations of the British Institute of Embalmers, whose diploma is regarded as the hall mark of achievement in the funeral profession.

Making the presentation to the successful candidates, Mr. Hinkley impressed upon them the value of these diplomas. They were very much coveted. Endeavours had been made in the past by people in various parts, even including America, to obtain them by means of payment. But they could not be bought, they could only be obtained by skill and knowledge.

He extended to the new members the sincere congratulations of all members of the Institute upon their achievements in obtaining the diplomas and particularly the Southern Division - their mother division.
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