First World War Muslim soldiers who lost their lives buried in this Muslim Graveyard. It was the first burial ground. This is a Grade 2 listed building and a memorial to the Indian Army soldiers.
Muslim Graveyard- This is the first Burial Ground for Muslims built in 1915 for Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the Great War. This is a Grade 2 listed building and a memorial to the Indian Army soldiers. Thousands of Muslim Soldiers fought for Britain in WW1 and WW2.
Background history: Muslim Graveyard Woking
Muslim soldiers who died in 1st World War were buried at the same place with Hindu and Sikh soldiers at Patcham, Netley and Brockenhurst not following to the Muslim religious customs. War Office Britain chosen Woking as burial place as it had the only mosque in Britain at that time
The Graveyard was built on Horsell Common near to the Shah Jahan Mosque. It was designed by architect T.H. Winney and built by a local firm, Ashby and Horner Ltd. Its arches, minarets and domed gateway reflect the architectural style of the nearby mosque. Completed in 1917, the burial ground received 19 burials of Indian Army soldiers and a further five during WW2.
By the 1960s the cemetery was suffering vandalism due to its isolated location. The decision was taken in 1968 to remove the bodies to the Military Cemetery in Brookwood Cemetery.
Restoration works of Woking Muslim Graveyard and Significance
Horsell Common Preservation Society initiated to restore this place. Government welcomed the restoration works in 2014 with the view that “Over one million troops from pre-partition India fought as members of the British Armed Forces in the First World War, many of them Muslim. Now standing as a symbol of those lost, and an early and important part of British Muslim history, the restoration of the Muslim Burial Ground to its former glory is particularly poignant in the year we remember the outbreak of the First World War. “
A copper gilded finial with 12 petals was carefully placed on top of the entrance Chattri at Woking’s Muslim Burial Ground, marking the completion of the first phase of major restoration work. Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO officially opened Peace Garden at the beautifully restored Muslim Burial Ground on 12 November 2015
Location to the Muslim Graveyard- Address, Contact, Nearest Tube etc
Address: Saturn Trail, Woking GU21 5LW. See the location in Google Map. The burial ground is located on the south-east corner of Horsell Common. East of Monument Road, Monument Bridge, take the main footpath north after about 100 metres the site can be seen through the trees on the right.
Contact: Horsell Common Preservation Society, PO Box 53 Woking GU21 4YU. Estate Manager – Mobile: 07860 712503. You can also contact with ShahJehan Mosque Office Tel: 01483 760679 to arrange visit.
Nearest Train and Bus: Woking Railway Station. Bus- bus numbers 446. Use Journey Plan of Transport for London how to get here