Churchyard

St Mary's Church

Harefield

St Marys Churchyard

St Mary's churchyard has 127 war graves from both World War I and World War II. 112 of the war graves are from the Australian Army Corps

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A CWGC list of all the service men and women buried in the churchyard can be found below

During the First World War Harefield Park was offered by the owners, Charles and Letitia Billyard Leake, as a hospital to the Australian Ministry of Defence.


For the duration of the war casualties from the Australian Forces from Gallipoli and the Western Front were treated at the newly created Australian Auxiliary No 1 Hospital. Many of the wounded died; 111 men and one nursing sister were buried with military honours in an extension of the churchyard. The village school lent its Union Flag for these occasions. 


After the war the flag was presented to the last C.O. of the Australian Hospital and was laid up in Adelaide High School. The Australian Children’s Patriotic League presented in return a new Union Flag and an Australian Flag to Harefield School. The Australian flag hangs in the Breakspear Chapel, which was rededicated as the Australian Chapel in 1950.  


In 1921 began the annual ceremony in which the children from the school put flowers on every grave in the cemetery. This is followed by a Commemorative Service to which we always invite representatives from the Australian High Commission.

 
Anzac Day, 25th April, has become a most significant annual event in the Harefield calendar. Few visitors can fail to be moved by the fact that so many of the dead died so young, and so far from home, their graves unvisited by their families until the age of easier and affordable travel.  

Please get in touch by post, phone or e-mail


St Mary the Virgin, Church Hill, Harefield, Uxbridge UB9 6DU


Parish Office


- office@stmarys-harefield.org.uk


- Phone: 01895 825960


St Mary's Church Hall, High St, Harefield, Uxbridge UB9 6BX


Website

 

- karl.tang@stmarys-harefield.org.uk

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Service Schedule


Sunday Services


8:00am  - Holy Communion


10:30am - 1st Sunday - Morning                                      Worship and Informal                                    Worship at the Church                                  Hall (at the High St)


                 - 2nd - 4th Sundays - Holy                              Communion Service with                               Youth Church


                 - 5th Sundays - Worship for                            everyone at Church(no                                communion)


4:00pm  - Evening Worship



Wednesday Service


10:00am  - Holy Communion in                   the Church Hall Chapel (at the High St)