Commonwealth War Graves

Just beyond the churchyard gates at Crail there was a sign saying Commonwealth War Graves are located here. You have to go to the other side of the church to find them.

Most of the dates are for 1941. There was a torpedo attack training base at Crail airfield during World War 2. I presume these graves are for people who died in the course of training or were injured/killed on a sortie and buried on their return.

First there are three which stand on their own.

Private D Mason, Home Guard
Sergeant A H Cunningham, RAF

Pilot Officer W R Constable

Note the first of these was a member of the Home Guard and aged only 19.

Further into the cemetery there is a larger plot of 22 graves:-

Most of the names here are of Australians or New Zealanders but one of the 22 graves is more unusual in that it is of a woman; a Wren named Sheila R McCormack.

The inscription reads, “In loving memory of my dear wife. Tread softly: my darling sleeps here.”

Very few women’s names appear on War Memorials. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a woman’s war grave before.

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