During the 1939-1945 war St. Mary Churchyard in Great Bircham was used for the burial of airmen from the Royal Air Force Station at Bircham Newton, service dead whose bodies were washed up by the sea and German airmen brought down in the Battle of Britain. A special plot in the South-Eastern corner was set aside soon after the outbreak of war, primarily for men from the R.A.F. station, but all save one of the war graves are in this war Graves Plot. The single 1914-1918 war grave is located elsewhere in the churchyard. There is now one, 1914-1918 war casualty and 78, 1939-1945 war casualties commemorated in this site. One of these is unidentified.
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