An act of vandalism Poppy wreath set on Fire on War Memorial in Key Hill Cemetery in Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.
On Monday 25 March 2019 a visitor to Key Hill Cemetery spotted a youth setting fire to the poppy wreath placed on the War Memorial.
This war memorial had recently been cleaned.
The youth described as an Asian aware that he had been spotted quickly rode off on his bike and left the wooden crosses he was about to set fire to.
The visitor who captured this incident with their camera sent the image to the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery.
It is shocking that this act of vandalism has taken place at the war memorial that was unveiled 9 July 1925 .
Both cemeteries remembers those who lost their lives in WW1 , WW2 , including civilians of Birmingham who died during the heavy air raids on the city.
The Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery are the only group who maintain the two historic Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries with regular clean up days . The Friends raise funds to restore the broken and sunken headstones in both cemeteries. This is achieved by attending history fairs, holding open days in the cemeteries, plus the Friends monthly guided tours held on the second Sunday in the month. The Friends also assist the public with the plot number of their ancestor’s grave.
This Voluntary group have contributed to the new grave of Constance Naden , who was a Poet and Philosopher and rests in Key Hill Cemetery. The Friends also contributed to Major Harry Gem’s new grave in Warstone Lane Cemetery. Major Harry Gem was the co-founder of Lawn Tennis.
Key Hill Cemetery opened in 1836 as a nondenominational cemetery (in practice nonconformist), and is Birmingham’s oldest cemetery, not being in a churchyard.
Whilst nearby Warstone Lane Cemetery that fronts Vyse Street is a Church of England Cemetery.
Pitsford Street separates the two Jewellery Quarter cemeteries.