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East London Crematorium & Cemetery

England / Europe

The East London Cemetery and Crematorium occupies 33 acres at Plaistow. It was founded in 1872 to cater for the deceased in the East End. There are two chapels, built in the late 1800s and still in use today. There is also a memorial rose garden. Amongst those buried here is the World War I German spy, Carl Hans Lody (1877-1914). He volunteered to come to Britain to spy and reached Killarney on an American passport, but was arrested and sent to Wellington Barracks. He was one of the last people to be executed in the Tower of London. He was put to death at a miniature firing range by a squad of eight at dawn on 6 November 1914. Originally he was buried within the Tower of London before being moved to the East London Cemetery. 

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