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The London Borough of Newham

London Borough of Newham,
West Ham Cemetery,
Cemetery Road,
Forest Gate,
E7 9DG

Approximately 180,000 burial records are available for West Ham Cemetery. The data available comprises computerised index records, details of graves including names of all those buried in each grave, and cemetery section maps to locate graves.

Note that only the index records are available, and not the full burial register records, as regrettably these were irrecoverably damaged due to flooding.

West Ham Cemetery (located in Forest Gate) was created in 1857 as one of London's first publicly-owned cemeteries following the Metropolitan Burials Act of 1852. The Act was introduced as at that time London's small burial grounds were overcrowded, causing serious health problems, and lacked good management and accountability. All of the burials since its opening were manually catalogued and these have now been digitised and indexed for the Deceased Online website.

The cemetery is home to many interesting graves and memorials providing a fascinating insight into the history of this part of London since the mid-Victorian era. Some notable burials include two victims of the Princess Alice pleasure boat which sank in the Thames at Beckton in 1878 and two firemen killed in 1917 when the TNT plant of the Brunner Mond chemical works in Silvertown exploded. There are also over 200 Commonwealth war graves.

Note: to comply with UK data protection and GDPR, addresses of the deceased are masked in register scans for the last 15 years.

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