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Fernhill Cemetery
Established 1848
Country Canada Canada
Type Public
Owned by Fernhill Cemetery Company
(Not-for-profit corporation)
Size 125 acres (0.51 km2)
No. of graves 37,000+

Fernhill Cemetery, originally known as the Rural Cemetery at the time it opened in 1848, is located at 200 Westmorland Road in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Renamed Fernhill in 1899, the 125 acre (0.5 km2) cemetery has a special section for veterans of both World War I and World War II, and is the burial site of one of only a few Canadians to ever receive the United States' highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.

At the time the cemetery opened, the Church of England was the established Church of Britain and her colonies and as such there is a designated area for Church of England members. In the cemetery's Jewish section, a stone chapel was built in 1950 with the help of Hollywood mogul Louis B. Mayer, who grew up in Saint John and whose mother is interred here.

The cemetery contains the war graves of 103 Commonwealth service personnel, 67 of World War I and 36 of World War II.

Fernhill has operated a crematorium on-site since 1939; at that time, they were the first crematorium east of Montreal.

Notable persons interred

  • Amos Edwin Botsford (1804–1894), statesman
  • Ward Chipman (1754–1824), Attorney General of New Brunswick
  • Robert Foulis (1796–1866), engineer and artist
  • John Douglas Hazen (1860–1937), statesman, Premier of New Brunswick
  • George E. King (1839–1901), statesman, Premier of New Brunswick, Supreme Court of Canada justice
  • George Frederick Phillips (1862–1908) Spanish–American War hero, U.S. Medal of Honor
  • William H. Steeves (1814–1873), a father of Confederation
  • Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley (1818–1896), a father of Confederation
  • W. Rupert Turnbull (1870–1954), aeronautical engineer, inventor
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