Posted 25 January 2011 - 06:30 PM
At Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol, there is an area in front of a large screen wall memorial, called Soldiers' Corner. The land was originally bought by the Red Cross, who also paid for the memorial. The plots were originally marked with (non-IWGC) stones, flush to the ground and inscribed with the plot number and the name(s) of the casualty or casualties interred in the plot (up to six per plot). I have photos if anyone is interested. The CWGC took over the site in 1981. The stones were removed some years ago (unsure of dates or who was responsible) and the ground returfed. One new flush stone to Harry Wood, VC, was added in 2001. It may be that some other cemeteries had non-IWGC stones that were subsequently 'tidied up', perhaps?
Single plots appear to have been reserved for Corporal Wood (d. 1924), for the single British officer buried there, and for the Australians and the Canadians. There is a mystery figure on his own who I believe might have been an American officer - I and some colleagues are investigating. There is one Newfoundlander in a shared plot. Several of the Australians and Canadians were originally buried in shared plots and were later exhumed and re-buried on their own. Communal burial for the Australians ceased sometime between January and April 1917: all subsequent burials were in single plots, and all previous Australian casualties were exhumed and re-buried. The Canadian picture is less clear. Shared plots were being used as late as January 1918 (with subsequent exhumations and reburial), while the first single burial of a Canadian serviceman was in January 1917 (all dates from CWGC).
EDIT: PS There are one or two other Australians and Canadians (and one American) who enlisted in British Army units. These men are all buried in shared plots.