A short video showing some of the features available at Madingley American WW2 Cemetery in Cambridge, England, UK
The memorial is Britain's only World War Two American Military Cemetery and details thousands of souls lost in battle who's remains have never been found.
Cambridge American Cemetery is one of fourteen permanent military cemetery memorials established on foreign soil by the American Battle Monuments Commission to honor the dead and missing in action of World War II. It covers 30.5 acres and was established as a temporary military cemetery in 1943 on land donated by the University of Cambridge. The site was later selected as the only permanent American World War II military cemetery in the British Isles and was dedicated on July 16, 1956. There are 3812 interments of American servicemen and women, a great number of whom were crew members of British-based American aircraft. Most of the remainder died in the invasions of North Africa and France, in the training areas of the United Kingdom -including nearly 500 soldiers and sailors who died in Operation Tiger off Slapton Sands, Devon, April 28, 1944-and in the waters of the Atlantic.
The dead commemorated in the cemetery came from every State in the Union, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Some also entered the services from the Canal Zone, Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, Greece, Holland, Malta, Norway, Panama, Portugal and Scotland. There are also 32 civilians from WWII interred here, such as American Red Cross, War Correspondent, etc.
The 3812 headstones comprise 3782 Latin Crosses, [including 24 unidentified - inscribed "Here lies in Honored Glory a Comrade in Arms known but to God",] and 80 Stars of David.The markers are of the finest Italian marble and remain in pristine condition after more than 60 years and none have needed any re-alignment in that time. Each headstone is hand-washed three times each week.
The Portland stone Memorial Wall containing the Tablets of the Missing is 427 feet long and just under 12 feet tall. On this wall, running from the entrance to the Memorial chapel, are inscribed the names of 5127 Americans who were either Missing in Action or Buried at Sea.The grave markers show the date of death, but the Tablets of the Missing do not, because without confirmed information to the contrary, the date of death of those who are listed as missing in action, lost or buried at sea in WWII is a presumed date of death established by a military review board, usually as a year and a day from that which the individual was placed in missing status.The incident date and the presumed date of death are then not the same.