Ten Years After

On 27th November 2010 I posted this single photograph of Spanbroekmolen British Cemetery, with just three words, ‘In Flanders Fields’, typed beneath it.  Continue reading

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British Military Headstones – The Rareties Part Two: Duhallow Blocks

Continuing our look at the special memorials one might find in British military cemeteries on the Western Front, this is what is known as a Duhallow Block. Continue reading

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British Military Headstones – The Rareties Part One: Special Memorials

The ubiquitous CWGC headstone, with its standard information – regimental emblem, service number, rank, name, regiment, date of death and sometimes age, above a Latin cross with perhaps a short personal message at the base – is sadly so familiar to us all.  Continue reading

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‘Mort pour la France’ – The Headstone of the Unknown Soldier Part Seven

A short post featuring a selection of headstones marking the graves of unidentified men of nations other than Britain and its Empire, the first few of which are to be found in CWGC cemeteries, the remainder in cemeteries of their own nations, but all to be found on the Western Front. Continue reading

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Remember the Dead

On this particular Remembrance Day, my thoughts are going to be with those men and women who survived the war but not the peace.  Many British service personnel would die in the days, months & years following the cessation of hostilities, and this was recognised by the Imperial War Graves Commission who, one hundred years ago, were still burying those who died because of their war service beneath British military headstones, should their families wish, and would continue to do so officially until the end of August 1921, nearly three years after the Armistice.  Continue reading

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‘Gefallen für Deutschland’ – The Headstone of the Unknown Soldier Part Six

On this Remembrance Sunday, I invite you to spend a few minutes with the men on the other side.  In the years immediately following the Great War, many of the foreign burials in British military cemeteries, and there were thousands, were moved to burial grounds administered by the countries from where the casualties originated.  And, for whatever reason, and as this photograph shows, many were not. Continue reading

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‘Known unto God’ – The Headstone of the Unknown Soldier Part Five

Row upon row of unidentified Australian soldiers, seemingly still on parade after all these years. Continue reading

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