Cliveden War Cemetery was built in the grounds of Cliveden House in Taplow Berkshire and contains 40 World War I burials and 2 World War II burials. The burials are predominately Canadian.
At the out break of World war I, Waldorf Astor, the owner of Cliveden at that time, offered the use of some of the grounds to the Canadian Red Cross for the building of the HRH Duchess of Connaught Hospital.
Waldorf Astor gave up the use of his Italian Sunken Garden to be used as a burial ground for the men who were treated at the hospital, but did not survive their injuries. At the end of the hostilities the HRH Duchess of Connaught Hospital was dismantled.
At the outbreak of World War II the Astors again offered the use of the land for the rent of one shilling a year to the Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital was built. After the war the hospital was donated to the UK to use as a general hospital and research centre. Sadly in 1985 the hospital closed and remained empty and derelict until 2006 when the buildings were demolished to make way for a housing estate. A large part of Maidenhead and Taplow's history was lost.
This post is dedicated to those brave men and women who gave their lives so that we could live ours.
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