Area F – Woodvale

Southwark mounded over 1000s of graves,

including WW1 war graves in Camberwell Old Cemetery without notifying new plot owners.

Southwark Council has been burying AND building over Commonwealth War Graves for years. Old plans released under Freedom of Information show WW1 and WW2 War Graves under new burial areas from 2007 and possibly earlier.

Camberwell Old Cemetery War Memorial lists the 131 WW1 War Graves scattered around Camberwell Old Cemetery, as well as those buried at the Memorial. Southwark Council was aware of the scattered War Graves and should not have buried over them.


Southwark has been burying over Commonwealth War Graves Commission WW1 graves in Area F Woodvale. Plans of the graves – WW1 service personnel War Graves in pink are listed on the War Memorial and on CWGC website. The ground level was raised. The CWGC and families were not consulted.

Area F Images – Above: Views of old and new burial plans, photo of site being buried on in 2017
Before and after photos: 2017 and 2012.