During World War I (1914–18), 200 men and boys who were born or lived in Berkhamsted lost their lives. While many who were killed in action were interred in the large battlefield Cemeteries of Belgium and France, a number were buried in Rectory Lane Cemetery. The Commonwealth War Graves here can be distinguished by their simple, white stone design, a reminder to us today of their sacrifice.
In all, there are 14 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 13 of the Second World War here. Among the notable burials is the grave of General Horace Smith-Dorrien, a veteran of the Second Boer War and World War I and a former Governor of Gibraltar.