Posted in Trips, War Memorials at 19:50 on 19 October 2016
I didn’t photograph all the plinths lining the avenue leading towards Boston War Memorial as there were about forty of them, some of which commemorated lesser known conflicts or aspects of large ones.
Arctic Convoys, 1941-45:-
Cyprus Veterans’ Association, 1955-58:-
Falklands War 1982:-
Dunkirk Veterans. (My father was one of the evacuees from Dunkirk):-
Battle of Jutland, 1916:-
Battle of the Somme, 1916:-
Battle of Amiens 1918:-
Posted in Trips, War Memorials at 14:00 on 19 October 2016
The War Memorial in Boston, Lincolnshire, is one of the most appealing to the eye I have seen. It has a lovely approach, a swan-neck topped pseudo archway, avenue of poppy-wreath-bedecked plinths:-
Approach pathway and plinths:-
The War Memorial itself is a simple cross set atop a pillar surmounting a square pedestal.
The inscription round the Memorial reads, “To the Glory of God and in Memory of the People of Boston who Died in Two Wars 1914-19 and 1939-45.”
Detail from south:-
Detail from east:-
Detail from north:-
Just beside the Memorial proper is this one to the man and women of the merchant and fishing fleets who “gave their lives but have no grave but the sea”.
Posted in War Graves at 10:00 on 14 October 2016
Markinch is the small town nearest to where we now live, though parts of Glenrothes are closer.
Its cemetery is on the eastern approaches to the town over the railway line from the station. It has a Commonwealth War Graves sign on its gates.
I found six graves.
L Sjt R S Turner, Royal Artillery, 30/10/1944:-
Sergeant R Duff, Air Gunner, RAF, 31/10/1944, aged 23:-
Sapper P Reekie, Royal Engineers, 10/4/1944, aged 21:-
Sergeant Pilot T C Murray, 21/7/1942, aged 19:-
Private J H Drummond, Seaforth Highlanders, 10/1/1918, aged 18:-
This one is unusual, given the date of death and the age of the deceased.
Sergeant David Kirk, Intelligence Corps, 16/12/2000, aged 51:-
Posted in War Graves at 12:00 on 26 September 2016
The church lies just off the main A 814 road through the village.
View from the road:-
View from the churchyard:-
I was drawn to the churchyard as there was a Commonwealth War Graves sign on the gates. I found three graves.
Gunner G W Graham, RA, 6/5/1941, aged 32:-
Sergeant Pilot A G Dunbar, RAF, 23/9/1940, aged 23:-
Gunner W McManus, RA, 27/9/1941, aged 19:-
Posted in War Memorials at 12:00 on 18 September 2016
The War Memorial in Roslin, Midlothian is situated in a green area by the side of the main road through the town. A restrained Celtic Cross with a wreath on the pedestal.
It’s dedicated to “Those from Roslin and District.”
1914-1919 names are on the main cross, 1939-1945 names on the projecting slab below.
Posted in War Graves at 12:00 on 15 September 2016
There is a cemetery in Roslin, just below Rosslyn Chapel. On its gates I noticed the Commonwealth War Graves sign. Inside I found five graves and two commemorations on other gravestones.
Gunner J Penman, Royal Artillery, 17/10/1941, aged 31:-
Private W Baillie, Royal Army Medical Corps, 18/12/1915:-
Stoker J N Mackenzie, HMS Raymond, 13/3/1945, aged 34:-
Sapper A C Brown, Royal Engineers, 4/1/1919, aged 31:-
Serjeant W Barclay, Gordon Highlanders, 27/11/1919, aged 37:-
Private John James Noble, RSF, died 24/2/1919, buried in Cologne:-
Brunton Smith, killed in France, 24/3/1918, aged 35:-
Posted in War Memorials at 12:00 on 12 September 2016
This is located on the wall of a Memorial Hall on Main Street, Rosewell, Midlothian.
Erected in 1932 it commemorates only the Great War:-
Posted in War Memorials at 12:00 on 6 September 2016
East Linton is in East Lothian, a few miles from Dunbar.
The Memorial is set in a small park off School Road. Its dedication is to the men of East Linton and Parish of Prestonkirk.
Great War Inscription:-
Side View, showing East Linton Primary School in background:-
Side Inscription (WW2):-
Posted in Bridges, Dunfermline, War Memorials at 12:00 on 29 August 2016
All three bridges as seen from Dunfermline:-
From grounds of Dunfermline Abbey, bridges in distance on middle left, Dunfermline Great War Memorial to right:-
Zoom on Forth bridges from Dunfermline Abbey:-
Posted in War Graves at 12:00 on 23 August 2016
In Ceres churchyard I found several Commonwealth War Graves and one for the Polish forces.
Private Mary Lindsay, Auxiliary Territorial Service, 20/8/1945, age 21:-
Sister Mary Lister (Peddie) Waddell, Princess Mary’s RAF Nursing Service, 5/8/1947, age 30:-
Corporal W Buchan, RAF, 7/9/1940, age 19:-
A family grave which commemorates William Husband, killed in action in France, 23/3/1918, age 20, and David Husband, who died as a result of war service, in Crail, on 2/4/1929, age 38:-
The Polish War Grave. Corporal Jan Niemiec, 1st Polish Rifle Brigade, 28/11/1940:-