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The American Cemetery in Cambridge


Madingley American Cemetery and memorial Hall is located in the Cambridgeshire countryside 3 miles outside of the city of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

The land that Madingley American Cemetery stands on was donated by the University of Cambridge and used as a temporary cemetery from 1943 onwards. In 1956 the site was dedicated as the only permanent World War Two American cemetery in the United Kingdom.

The entrance is by the flag pole and there are three reflecting pools between the Great Wall and the graves of the service men and women buried there. Every State of the Union is represented here, in addition the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Graves of those who entered the United States armed forces from Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, Greece, Holland, Malta, Norway, Panama, Portugal and Scotland can also be found here. Ater the war the families of the American dead were given the option of having the bodies returned to the USA or interred at madingley, 3909 people were laid to rest here.

This picture was taken from the steps of the Memorial Hall in the spring before the roses that line the garden were in bloom.

This site provides more details on the cemetery and the stories surrounding it.

The American Cemetery in Cambridge


Madingley American Cemetery and memorial Hall is located in the Cambridgeshire countryside 3 miles outside of the city of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

The land that Madingley American Cemetery stands on was donated by the University of Cambridge and used as a temporary cemetery from 1943 onwards. In 1956 the site was dedicated as the only permanent World War Two American cemetery in the United Kingdom.

The entrance is by the flag pole and there are three reflecting pools between the Great Wall and the graves of the service men and women buried there. Every State of the Union is represented here, in addition the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Graves of those who entered the United States armed forces from Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, Greece, Holland, Malta, Norway, Panama, Portugal and Scotland can also be found here. Ater the war the families of the American dead were given the option of having the bodies returned to the USA or interred at madingley, 3909 people were laid to rest here.

This picture was taken from the steps of the Memorial Hall in the spring before the roses that line the garden were in bloom.

This site provides more details on the cemetery and the stories surrounding it.

comments (2)

I hope...never to be forgotten..Nice one Les.
Les Auld: So do I Ron, but we never really learn from it. Thanks for the comment.
Having grown up and lived within 15 miles of Maddingly until I reached 45 years this is almost home territory for me Les and it is one of the most awe inspiring places I have ever been to. The ranks of crosses going down the hill really make one think about the things that happen in our world. I have posted some pictures from here myself in the past.
Les Auld: I well remember your picture Brian and is is a fine place to visit, sit quiet and remember. Thanks for the comment.

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