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Barbados Military Cemetery

Barbados Military Cemetery, St. Michael, Barbados Pocket Guide

Barbados Military Cemetery

The Barbados Military Cemetery, also referred to as the Garrison Military Cemetery is located at Carlisle Bay between the Hilton Barbados and St. Ann's Fort, not far from The Garrison Savannah, St. Michael. At one point in time, this area was all swamp and became the burial ground for the vast number of people throughout the island of Barbados who would have died from yellow fever. The dead were usually Entrance to the Barbados Military Cemetery, Barbados Pocket Guideplaced in shallow graves or in some instances left on the surface of the earth where they would soon be immersed into the swamp in the space of a few days.

 

This Barbados Military Cemetery came into being sometime around 1780, however the earliest noticeable grave is dated back to 1822. Today, the Barbados Military Cemetery is kept in good condition and very much in use to accommodate ex-servicemen, women and their families.

 

A memorial building currently sits on the site and that was renovated in November of 1984. This military cemetery is part of The Garrison Historic Area.

 

Admission to the cemetery is free, however donations are welcomed in aid of maintaining the cemetery and other military buildings.

 

Tombstones at Barbados Military Cemetery, Barbados Pocket Guide

 

Errol Walton Barrow

Barbados Flying Officer Errol Walton Barrow was enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1940 and served in World War II. Throughout his time in the Air Force, he flew forty-five (45) operational bombing missions.

 

Errol Walton Barrow's Headstone, Barbados Military Cemetery, Barbados Pocket GuideWithin a five (5) year period, he rose to the rank of Flying Officer and was appointed personal navigator to the Commander in Chief of the British Zone of occupied Germany, Sir William Sholto Douglas.

 

Born to the late Rev. Reginald Grant Barrow and the late Ruth nee O'Neal in Nesfield, in the parish of St. Lucy on January 21st, 1920, Barbados’ Father of Independence Errol Walton Barrow was born. Born into a family of political activists, he was also the nephew of the legendary Dr. Charles Duncan O'Neal, founder of the Democratic League and brother of Barrow's mother.

 

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