Buried at Willow Cemetery
We have now been very reliably informed that victims of the Blitz are not buried here. We were told the cross that is on the memorial is not there officially. Interned here are remains from a site in London and were brought here in 2008.
This is what really happened:
Globe Academy in Southwark was built partly on the old burial ground, 50m across at its widest point and 80m at its longest, which was thought to contain 33,000 bodies.
Quote: While the existence of the 19th century graveyard was known, the density of burials was not known to the school group until it needed to begin building works. Planning law requires that corpses must be moved if they would be disturbed by development. Archaeologists found an interview with one of the gravediggers from 1849, a Mr Haycock, who explained why the bodies were so densely packed. He said: “We dig 10 foot, and if we can get 12 foot we do, and then we pile them one upon the other …perhaps 6 or 8 or 9 [bodies] in it … just as if you were piling up bricks.”
John Harris a partner of TCS Exhumations stated that staff moved about 15,000 bodies in 2008 which were reburied at the Willows on Canvey Island.