The Friends of the General Cemetery was set-up to help preserve the General Cemetery and the North Warren (Non-Conformist) Cemetery with the kind help of Gainsborough Town Council.

The General Cemetery is situated on Cox’s Hill in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. And the North Warren Cemetery is on Ropery Road. Both cemeteries have graves recognised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

West Lindsey Churches Festival

We’ll be opening the Cemetery Chapel on the 19th and 20th May from 10am until 3pm on both days.

Cemetery walks telling the stories  behind the eight war graves of Royal Flying Corps Officers from 33  Squadron who died in WWI. Also details of the five RAF Officers buried  in the cemetery from WWII. There will also be walks detailing the WWI  war graves and the sixty recently restored headstones with inscriptions  remembering soldiers buried abroad. There will also be details of the  artist Pte. John Belton who was killed in action in May 1916.

Gainsborough’s War Story’ book 4 .

This book includes Gainsborough area  soldiers involved in the 1917 battles at Arras, Passchendaele and Cambrai. It also  details the work of 33 Squadron whose HQ was at Gainsborough during 1917, it was  tasked with defending against Zeppelins. They established an airfield at  Saundby. The book also tells the story of Conscientious Objector Alfred Martlew  who drowned in the Ouse at York in July 1917.

This book costs 15.

Please e-mail to order your copy: Susan Edlington

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The Friends of Gainsborough Cemeteries and Chapel is a small charity run by volunteers. Contact: Susan Edlington

WWI Headstones

The Friends are working to restore the headstones of servicemen who served in WWI.

Please click, or tap,  here for more information.

Family History

We can help with Family history research requests. Please click, or tap, here for more information.


Twice a year, in May and November, we open the Chapel for an exhibition. Please click, or tap, here for more information.

Friends of Gainsborough Cemeteries and Chapel