In the event of the death of a British Passport holder or their spouse or partner, contact should be made immediately with the British Cemetery Committee who will provide help and advice regarding official requirements and will be able to make funeral arrangements.
You can contact any member of the Committee but please try the following first:
Harry Fellows MBE: 825 2443 / 0542 852 0236 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Harris: 0533 845 2305 email: email@example.com
Because of the local regulations, the coffin containing the deceased will normally be taken straight to the Cemetery and both the service and committal are performed there.
The Committee will provide a coffin, transport of the coffin from the Mortuary, a grave site, metal surround and a plaque giving the name of the deceased, their date of death and plot number. It will backfill the grave and carry out basic maintenance of the Cemetery but not the grave site. The fees charged by the Committee include all charges with the exception of a Chaplain’s fee which a matter for the next of kin.
The Committee will also provide advice for the completion of the necessary formalities and whilst recommending that a permanent memorial is not placed on or around the grave for a minimum of 18 months, will also advise on the dimensions and style of any such memorial.
Should a member of the Royal British Legion pass away, their relatives or friends can request that the Royal British Legion Standard is present at the burial by contacting the Branch Secretary, Anne Lloyd on 0533 8418306.
Located to the south of the new bypass above the Girne American University the Green Hill Cemetery is signposted to the left from the bypass, for traffic coming from the Girne area, as well as at the roundabout above the University where a short road leads towards an Army camp, before the Army barrier is a signposted lane to the left. The track up to the Green Hill Cemetery is awaiting tarmacing but carries markers along its 1.5 kilometres length.
The Green Hill Cemetery is open to all British passport holders of whatever denomination and services can be held by Chaplain, Pastor, Priest or Rabbi, or a Humanist Service can be organised.
Fees & Charges
The current (April 2015) charges for the Committee’s services for a single grave.
For Residents: £1000.00
For Non-Residents: £1200.00
The next of kin of tourists are advised to check their relative/friend’s travel documents as most travel insurance offers free repatriation. The Committee can advise on repatriation.
As weather conditions make it difficult to dig graves during most of the year, the Committee keeps several graves dug and will always use graves in sequence. It is therefore impossible to be buried in a double grave unless one is a member of the Pre Payment Scheme. The Committee does not own the land (it is given for use as a cemetery by the Council of Ministers) therefore we cannot sell individual plots. We have however, organised a scheme whereby the cost of a single or double grave is paid to the committee as a pre-payment which will guarantee a place in the Cemetery. As this helps with the administration the charges for this can be reduced and a single grave will cost £950.00 and a double £1400.00. This scheme is the only way that a double grave may be used.
It should be stressed that all prepayment funds are kept in a separate account earning, albeit, a small amount of interest and the balance can be withdrawn at any time, although an administration fee may be charged. Forms for the Pre-Payment scheme are available from any Committee member.