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War Graves, Peterhead

These graves were in the churchyard which lies behind Peterhead’s War Memorials (see previous posts.)

Sub-Lieutenant K S Roberts N Z Naval Volunteer Reserve, 7/6/1944, aged 22:-

War Grave, Peterhead

Gunners W Gawthorpe and S E Thomson, Maritime Regiment Royal Artillery, both 25/1/1942, S E Thomson aged 22. A Rogers, Trimmer, Merchant Navy, 12/3/1942, aged 24:-

War Graves, Peterhead Cemetery

This stone commemorates those known to be buried in Peterhead Churchyard but not marked by separate headstones. 15 known Great War dead. Two Great War and one Second World War unknown dead:-

Peterhead War Graves Memorial

Unknown fisherman given back by the sea 16/1/1943:-

Possible War Grave, Peterhead

Gravestone, “Erected by Alexander Stephen in loving memory of his sons who fell during the great European War, George who was killed at sea 15/2/1918 and is interred here and John who was killed at Arras 15/2/1917 aged 20.”

Great  War Grave, Peterhead

Peterhead Second World War Memorial

This memorial is in the form of two pillars, at the entrance to the churchyard – to the left in this photo:-

Peterhead War Memorial Gate Pillars

Both pillars are inscribed 1939 1945 on the front and facing sides:-

Peterhead Second World War Memorial Pillars

The left one is inscribed, “They were honoured in their generations and were the glory of their times”:-

Peterhead Second World War Memorial Inscription

On the right, the lower inside column is inscribed “Died as a result of war service”:-

Peterhead Second World War Memorial Dedication

Peterhead Great War Memorial

Peterhead‘s Great War Memorial is an impressive sight, a tapering square column, visible from quite a distance as you approach the town from the south.

The column bears only Great War Names. The Second World War dead are commemorated on two pillars at the entrance to the graveyard behind.

This was taken from the town side:-

Peterhead War Memorial

Close up:-

Peterhead Great War Memorial

The stone wreath is inscribed “1914-1918”, the cartouche has names for the Great War, and below is the inscription, “To the glory of Almighty God and in honour of the men of this town who gave their lives for freedom in the Great War of 1914-1918. ‘So they passed over and all the trumpets sounded for them on the other side.'”

D edicationPeterhead Great War Memorial

Great War names:-

Peterhead Great War Memorial Names

Again, below, the stone wreath has 1914-1918. Under more names for the Great War is the additional information, “Unveiled 6th August 1922 and handed over to the custody of the Provost, Magistrates & Councillors of the Burgh of Peterhead.”

Peterhead Great War Memorial Additional Dedication

Yet more Great War names:-

More Names, Peterhead Great War Memorial

Ellon, Aberdeenshire

We stopped at Ellon both on the way up to Peterhead and on the way back down.

A scenic river passes just to the west of the town, the River Ythan.

River Ythan at Ellon

It’s crossed by two bridges, the old one:-

Old Bridge, Ellon

And the newer:-

Newer Bridge Over River Ythan at Ellon

If you look closely at the above photo you’ll spot a single swan. Here it is in a closer shot:-

Swan in River Ythan, Ellon

Queensferry Crossing (xi) and HMS Prince of Wales

We happened to be going under the new Forth Road Bridge on our way to Norway the day they opened it to foot passengers (for the one and the only time.) Our eldest son and his intended entered the draw and won tickets for that. I don’t think they’re in these photos. (Forth Road Bridge in background in first one.)

New Forth Road Bridge 56

Queensferry Crossing

Before we set sail, HMS Prince of Wales, the second new Royal Navy aircraft carrier, could be seen from the dock at Rosyth:-

Aircraft Carrier, Rosyth Dockyard

Queensferry Crossing from the River Forth:-

New Forth Road Bridge 57, From the River

From below:-

New Forth Road Bridge 58, From Below

Bridge Support from the river:-

New Forth Road Bridge 59, Support, from the River

East side, from the river, looking south:-

New Forth Road Bridge 60

East side, from the river, looking north, Forth Road Bridge to right:-

New Forth Road Bridge 61

Yorkshire Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders

Yorkshire Memorial from Essex Farm Cemetery. The memorial overlooks the Ypres-Yser canal:-

Yorkshire Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery, Ypres

Closer View. Inscription reads “XLIX West Riding Division 1915 1918.”

Yorkshire Memorial Essex Farm Cemetery Closer View

Dedication, “To the memory of all ranks of the 49th West Riding Division who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War 1914 1918.”

Dedication,Yorkshire Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery

1915, 1916 and 1917 Battle Honours:-

Yorkshire Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery, 1915, 1916 and 1917 Battle Honours

1917 1918 Battle Honours:-

Yorkshire Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery 1917 1918 Battle Honours

Rochdale 1-0 Accrington Stanley

English Football Tier 3,* Spotland,** 24/11/18.

As you can tell from this post’s title I’ve been away again. Down to see friends in Rochdale and seizing the opportunity to take in my first ever English League game. Not my first game in England – that was in Oswestry earlier this year, that wonderful magical night.

Rochdale AFC Programme 24/11/18

As you can see from the programme cover it was celebrating Ian Henderson’s 100 goals for the club.

My main impression overall was that the players’ work rate was higher than in the SPFL (Tier 3 or 2.) In particular the pressing was sharper and quicker.

I was a bit surprised to recognise the referee (from highlight games.) It was none other than Lee Probert. A high profile referee for a 3rd tier game surely?

Rochdale started on the front foot but Stanley’s more direct style soon had them making inroads at the back. Dale’s keeper Josh Lillis was only just back from injury and initially looked shaky, spilling the ball on his first contact but he was called on three times in the first half and made good stops each time. Stanley seemed prepared to shoot on sight but were only on target those three times. Dale tended to play the ball about at the back and tried to pass their way through but mostly didn’t penetrate. Dale’s number 7 scurried about, though, and his running style reminded me very much of Kenny Miller. Stanley had more of the first half but lacked that clinical edge.

Things changed in the second. Dale substitute forward Calvin Andrew immediately brought a new focus to the attack. Whatever Ian Henderson’s qualities winning high balls isn’t to the fore. Andrew put himself about and won the first four of his aerial duels. Thereafter the man marking resorted to climbing over him to get the ball. The Dale fans weren’t too keen on Probert’s failure to penalise that.

For all Dale manager Keith Hill’s desire to play football it was ironic that the goal came from that most basic of football attacking ploys, an inswinging corner. Ian Henderson worked himself room in the box to head it down and in. I thought the keeper might possibly have done better and kept it out but it squirmed under him. So goal no. 101 for Hendo. I think it was Dale’s only effort on target.

Stanley pushed in the final ten minutes but were reduced to long range efforts only, none of which troubled Lillis. Young David Perkins came on and perked up Dale’s midfield. He looked very much one for the future. Apparently Dale’s football academy is now one of the most respected in England.

It was a good result for my first experience of Spotland which is a tidy ground with stands on all four sides, the one behind the goal at Dale’s favourite end standing only. Stanley’s supporters filled the middle portion of the stand opposite the main one and made a lot of noise at the start. This faded towards the end. Dale’s supporters were notably more quiet and only roused thenselves a few times but it seems they take a good lot on away trips.

*EFL Tier 2 – call it Sky Bet League One if you must.

**The Crown Oil Arena, no less – it’ll always be Spotland to me.

More Liverpool War Memorials

There is a cluster of memorials on the riverfront of the Mersey in Liverpool – all relating to World War 2.

The SS Arandora Star was torpedoed west of Donegal on 2/7/1940. Over 800 drowned:-

Arandora Star Memorial, Liverpool

HMT Lancastria was sunk off St Nazaire 17/6/1940 while evacuating British servicemen and civilans. Up to 6,000 people lost their lives:-

HMT Lancastria Memorial, Liverpool

Memorial to ranks and ratings who died on shore with no known grave:-

On Shore Navy Casualties Memorial. Liverpool

Repatriation Memorial, commemorating the return of Far East prisoners of war and detainees:-

Repatriation Memorial, Liverpool

Albert Dock, Liverpool

This was where the ITV programme This Morning used to be broadcast from. There was a weather map floating on the dock’s surface.

Weather Map photo (from Wikipedia) taken by Mike Pennington:-

This Morning weather map

Many years after its weather presenter spent his mornings leaping from Britain to Ireland and back again he was prosecuted for child abuse, found guilty and jailed. Liverpool is most likely glad ITV moved from there some time ago.

Albert Dock, Liverpool:-

Albert Dock, Liverpool

The dock is now home to a variety of pleasure boats while the old warehouses on the docks are filled with shops and eateries.

Boat in Albert Dock:-

Boat in Albert Dock, Liverpool

View of and from Albert Dock, Liverpool with Museum of Liverpool, Cunard Building and Royal Liver Building in the background:-

View of and from Albert Dock, Liverpool

Meanwhile Back

The Beatles song about Penny Lane in Liverpool makes it sound quite urban but at the end where the famous street sign is it’s leafy. (That’s our tour bus parked at the side of the road):-

Penny Lane

Street name sign. (Not original. They keep getting nicked):-

Penny Lane sign

More leafiness but beginnng to get built-up:-

Penny Lane, Liverpool

Still more buildings:-

More of Penny Lane, Liverpool

Mostly residential but a few workplaces. Some of the workers wave at the tour bus:-

Penny Lane

There’s a barber shop in this one (but I didn’t see a banker waiting for a trim):-

Barber Shop, Penny Lane, Liverpool

End of Penny Lane. The white-painted building is the Penny Lane Hotel:-

Penny Lane Continuation, Liverpool

Not Penny Lane but instead the road where Paul McCartney was brought up. (The bus isn’t allowed to go along it as there’s no suitable turning place):-

McCartney's Road

The Beatles: Penny Lane

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