Ninfield (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension

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4 Responses to Ninfield (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension

  1. Nick Kilner says:

    Almost certainly one of the Dunkirk evacuees. Possibly already mortally wounded. The 5th saw little more than a weeks combat during the first half of WW2, but it must have been one helluva week! Sounds like they took a pasting right from the off.
    The red granite vase is noted on his grave registration document, and interestingly the document states that ‘relatives’ are responsible for maintaining the grave, not the Commission. That strikes me as a little odd, I thought the CWGC were responsible for maintaining all allied war graves

    • Magicfingers says:

      Good shout Nick! Wounded and died a little later. Makes sense to me. I too checked the GRRF and thought the same thing as you about the relatives.

      • Nick Kilner says:

        My first instinct, given that the red granite vase is listed on the GRRF, is that perhaps the CWGC agreed to pay for that in exchange for the relatives agreeing to look after the grave. But I’m not sure if that’s something the CWGC would have done. Also possible that he was killed in some random accident not related to his service. The CWGC gave him a headstone because he was a serving soldier, but asked the family to maintain it because his death wasn’t from a battle related injury? Dunno.
        Another curiosity. You do have a habit of turning them up! 😉

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