In 1843 an Act of Parliament was passed enabling a cemetery to be opened on Southampton Common. It was consecrated in 1846.
Amongst its graves is that of Lt. Col. Hewwitt, the last surviving officer to have fought at the battle of Waterloo in 1815. He died in 1891 aged 96.
Many Belgians fled to England in the 1914-1918 Great War and there are a number buried in Southampton cemetery. There are over 60 graves of people connected to the Titanic disaster.