Sunday, 28 October 2012

Brookwood Comonwealth War Cemetery

My second visit to Brookwood Commonwealth war cemetery was to find the grave of J A Wilding who was the pilot of a Halifax Bomber that crashed near Wallingford killing him and his Copilot J F Andrews. This time I had a better look around and am still amazed at the number of graves there which a lot seem to be from the first war. These are some of the photo's I took.
This one overlook the Commonwealth graves of Australia, and South Africa and the RAF. The cross and poppy at the top of the page was at it's base.
The Commonwealth war graves looking towards the cross

Looking towards the cross from the RAF memorial, the graves in the foreground are from the RAF though on this occasion I could not visit due to refurbishment of the area.

The RAF memorial

RAF Emblem on the memorial top.


In the cemetery you can see Polish and Czechoslovakian graves. 

  A French area and an Italian one nearby

The American with it's impressive chapel. Nearer the  cemetery entrance you can see  the memorial to those who have no known grave.
  Below is part of the Canadian Cemetery where I went to find J.A.Wilding which is the third grave along

  The grave of  Sargent K.H.Vaughan with a family photo left beside it
 Looking down the Canadian cemetery from the cross

Never knew the Chelsea pensioners were buried here but there is a plot for them as well

These four graves to
W Marshall
are close together and the date of
04/07/1944 on all the graves so I can only assume they all died in the same plane .

On my way out I noticed there was an area with German names on the headstones, many were single but a few like these three were close together, and from the date killed in the Battle of Britain but are still honored in the cemetery with their enemy of the time. They are buried in a place where there are no enemy's.
War has no winners, only losers and every one of the graves I have seen is a lost a loved one. RIP

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The American Cemetery Brookwood

The American Cemetery in Brookwood which I came across while waling round the site, like the other parts of the place it is huge.

It looks like a sea of crosses with the chapel as the centerpiece
Inside the chapel the walls are lined with names and the services which were involved.
Many were lost and have no know grave but are listed and remembered here. Though what took me back was that all those in the cemetery are from the First World War

In the center of the chapel the American Eagle is proudly displayed on the floor.
The grave here says
 "Here Rests in Honored Glory An American Solder Known But To God"
I will return to this place for some more photos and a good look round.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Angel's at Night

This was a failed attempt at some more photo's round Cholsey Churchyard

 The is was the first I attempted and one for a future blog I will be writing on Fairmile. I need to work on this picture to get the atmosphere I would like.

This little angel is just as you go in the churchyard on the left and is of a child of 9 who dies in 1917, it has to be one of my favorite memorials, I hope you like her

Thursday, 18 October 2012

St John the Baptist Mongewell

I'm republishing this for Inspired Sunday
This has to be one of my favorite churches and though a ruin the chancel has been kept and made into a chapel which is used a couple of times a year. It is now looked after by the Church Conservation Trust. The photo's were taken at different times of the year as you will see.
At first look you would not think much was amiss.

Round the side you see the walls are missing but there are graves in the churchyard still.

Above is a tomb in a small chapel and to the right
 looks down the old nave to the bell tower.

The tower still has a window casement and some glass still in place. 

Here we look down the nave to the chancel which has been made into a chapel , the pile of stones over to the left are the remains of a stone pulpit.
Inside the chapel you find a couple of chairs and a few memorials along with the church font which has been moved there. I intend to return to the chapel for some new photos which I will post again. Some history about the church can be read here St_John_the_Baptist Church_Mongewell  

Monday, 8 October 2012

A Churchyard at Night

A couple of years ago I decided to try my hand at night shots and I thought Cholsey Churchyards a good place so I thought I'd share with you what I took. The view above is St Mary's church which as you can see is well lit.

Part of the churchyard looking towards the chancel.

You might recognize this as it is what I use as the background on my blog.

Some of the old headstones beside the chancel.

A week or so later it snowed so I went back for some more.

A snowy churchyard.

And back to a view of the church again. Both sets were taken in November and December 2010 and I can tell you it was dam cold but it is coming back to that time of year again so I'll be going back to get a few more photo's

Thursday, 4 October 2012

The Howff Dundee

The Howff is a cemetery in Dundee, and untill I spotted the place I never knew of its existence but I was mesmerized once I walked in the place. I had never seen such a crowded cemetery before.
"The land of the burial ground was part of the Franciscan (Greyfriars) Monastery until the Scottish Reformation. In 1564 Mary, Queen of Scots granted the land to the burgh of Dundee, for use as a burial ground. It was used for meetings by the Dundee Incorporated Trades, and subsequently became known as The Howff, from the Scots word howff meaning a meeting place. Meetings at The Howff ceased in 1776.The last burial took place in 1857. The walls along the west side date from 1601." (taken from Wikipedia). If you are ever in Dundee then this place is a must to visit my only disapointment was I did not see the grave of James Chamers inventor of the postage stamp who is buried in the cemetery.

Looking across the cemetery

One thing you see a lot of is seagulls

The building in the background is D. C. Thomson building the where the Beano and Dandy were printed.

You can see the outer walls on the right of the photo.

Lots of these about

Another view towards the Thomson Building

This was probably an old entrance.

A lot of stones have erected by on them and the deceased in smaller letters below. This is so the predominant benefactor can be seen to have buried the person. 

And this the meeting place, it was a tradition to leave some money which still happens as coins are still left on top.