Brookwood American Cemetery
This World War I cemetery in England contains the graves of nearly 470 war dead, and more than 560 names on the Walls of the Missing.
NARRATOR: About 30 miles southwest of London is Brookwood American Cemetery. Nearly 470 American men and women are buried here. They died from all manner of cause in World War I. Some from wounds received in France or Belgium… Others lost their lives in accidents or storms at sea. Many died during the great Spanish flu pandemic. The identity of those in 41 graves is unknown. The cemetery grounds have the feeling of an English garden, with numerous species of flowering plants. The focal point of the cemetery is the memorial building with the proportions of a small Greek temple. Inside, the chapel features gilded inscriptions and stained glass windows. The walls are engraved with names of the missing. Included are all 114 hands from the Coast Guard cutter USS Tampa, sunk by a German submarine in the Bristol Channel in September 1918. There is also a Medal of Honor recipient. “Each duty done they rest in peace.” Their deeds are not forgotten in this small American cemetery in England.