Shah Jahan Mosque
This unique Grade II listed site is situated among pine trees, tucked away on the south east corner of Horsell Common. Designed by architect T H Winney and built by local Woking firm, Ashby and Horner Ltd, it is bounded by ornate brick walls and has a domed archway entrance and minaret, reflecting the design of the nearby Shah Jahan Mosque. The site was completed in 1917 with 19 bodies being received from Brighton during the First World War but a total of 27 with subsequent burials from the Second World War.In 1921, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission took over the upkeep of the site. Local people remember that it had a yellow path, iron gates at the entrance and two seats inside.
All the graves faced east according to Islamic custom.With later burials taking place at Brookwood Cemetery the Horsell site fell out of use. During the 1960s the site was vandalised and the bodies were removed to the Military Cemetery section at Brookwood.Names and regiments of servicemen originally buried in the Muslim Burial Ground, Horsell Common, WokingThe graves can now be found in Plot 2a of the Military Section of Brookwood Cemetery, Woking.
The majority of the soldiers died while in hospital in Brighton during the First World War. They served in different regiments, many of which were recruited from villages in what is now Pakistan. There are graves of a further 28 Indian soldiers in the Old Muslim Cemetery in Brookwood Cemetery.