Lelant – St. Uny Churchyard

The church itself was closed,…

…which still leaves the churchyard to explore.  Conformists,…

…and non-conformists.  Now you & I know that there’s a war grave over there,…

…but for those less familiar with such things, there’s a handy stick bearing a red cross at the top marking the grave.

 

Ooh look!  Another stick,…

…another faded red cross,…

…and another grave, this time Second World War.  Richard John Harold Mudge was a second lieutenant in an anti-aircraft battalion of the Royal Artillery who was killed in action on 30th June 1940, aged 20.  I think the serving men and women who were killed in action on the Home Front during World War II are probably underrepresented when it comes to commemoration.

Grave of a decorated Great War survivor – again marked by a red cross.

It’s a brilliant idea, and makes the job of cemetery-searching a breeze.

Another one,…

…again Second World War,…

…and one final headstone, on the right here (would I have spotted this one without the red cross marker, I wonder?)…

…that includes a commemoration to twenty one year old Rifleman James Matthew Trewhella, London Regiment (London Irish Rifles), who was killed on the first day of the Battle of Loos, 25th September 1915, and is remembered on the Loos Memorial.

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2 Responses to Lelant – St. Uny Churchyard

  1. nicholas Kilner says:

    what a fantastic idea! I do like that. and not a bad little spot either, Lelant.
    I also managed to find reference to long service papers for one Major Edward Thomas, in the national archives (unavailable to view online unfortunately). The M.C. on his headstone may in fact relate to him having been a Major in the Machine Gun Corps. I found only one other service record for a Major with that name, who served in the 4th Welsh Brigade R.F.A. though curiously he is listed on his medal card as a Corporal, not a Major.

    • Magicfingers says:

      Not from my latest trip, this one – but yes, a nice place indeed. I have no idea about Major Thomas – perhaps he fibbed to his missus about his MC. Appreciate you looking, although I want an answer now! Lol!

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