Foster Hill Road Cemetery Event Details

The Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery host a number of themed talks during the year, which are open to the public and always prove very popular.  The Cemetery records are available at the Chapel during the Heritage Weekend in September and an annual carol concert is held near Christmas.  Other events are held to mark special occasions.

Members of the Friends lead several guided walks during the summer months. Each walk is themed and covers topics such as the Cemetery’s spectacular graves, its history, its wildlife, tales of those buried there and more.  Walks are also included during the Heritage weekend.  The walks last approximately 1.5 hours and the pace is gentle.  However, the cemetery grounds are uneven so a pair of stout walking shoes is recommended.

We are also happy to arrange bespoke walks for interested groups, please contact us for details.

The times and dates of our events vary, so please see our events calendar for more details.

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Bedford Highlanders – The Scottish Occupation of Bedford 1914-15

Over the course of one weekend in mid-August 1914, around 17,000 Scottish territorial soldiers arrived in Bedford where they would spend the next 9 months getting ready to join the fighting on the Western Front. These were men of the Highland Division (later to become the 51st Highland Division).

The kilted troops became a familiar and welcome sight in the town and surrounding countryside and largely as a consequence of the dispersal of billets throughout the Borough, Bedfordians took the Highlanders to their hearts. Strong, genuine and lasting bonds were quickly forged between the Bedfordians and the Scots and several Bedford families can trace their connections back to Highland Division men who returned to the Town and made it their home after the war ended.

The story of the Highlanders’ time in Bedford is overshadowed by the degree to which disease affected the Division during the winter of 1914/15 and Foster Hill Road cemetery is the final resting place of 33 Highland Division men who succumbed at that time.

Native Bedfordian Richard Galley has spent many years researching the story of the Highland Division’s time in the Town and his fascinating and engaging talk, supported by a wealth of contemporary photographs, examines the impact of the Scots’ friendly invasion of Bedfordshire during the early months of the First World War.

Refreshments will be available after the talk.

This event is free to Friends of the Cemetery.


15th October 2023


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm




The Chapel
Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom


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