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Kilrenny War Graves

Kilrenny is a village in Fife, as near to Anstruther – and Cellardyke – as almost makes no difference, separated only by a (short stretch of) road.

I spotted a Commonwealth War Graves sign on its graveyard’s entrance and went to investigate. There were two graves.

Private G Corstorphine, The Black Watch, 10/8/1917, aged 25:-

Commonwealth War Grave, Kilrenny, Fife, Scotland

Private J Doig, The Black Watch, 15/11/1915, aged 20:-

War Grave, Kilrenny

In addition three private gravestones mentioned war dead.

James Anstruther Moncrieff, killed in action, HMS Invincible, 31/5/1916, aged 22. Presumably in the Battle of Jutland:-

Kilrenny Memorial

Alexander W Henderson, lost at sea by mine explosion, 14/8/1917, aged 29:-

Kilrenny Commemoration

Similar name but a different gravestone yet obviously the same incident. Andrew Henderson, killed at sea by an explosion, August 1917, aged 53:-

Kilrenny Grave Commemoration

Lance Corporal James Murray, 48 Canadian Highlanders, Canadian Expeditionary Force, 22/4/1915, aged 21:-

Kilrenny War Commemoration

Keiss War Memorial

Keiss is in Sutherland, Scotland, on the A99 between Wick and John O’Groats. The War Memorial stands a bit away from any houses in a square plot of land beside the road.

Keiss War Memorial, Sutherland

It is inscribed, “Keiss Quoad Sacra Parish. The dedication is “To the memory of the fallen in the Great War 1914-1919,” and towards the base, “Also 1939-1945,” below which are six names for that second conflict. You can also see here that flat, almost treeless, landscape of north-east Sutherland, which acts as a kind of preview for Orkney:-

Keiss War Memorial Closer View

View towards village, showing Great War names:-

Keiss War Memorial Names

View towards North Sea, showing Great War names:-

Keiss War Memorial

Some corner of a foreign field…. Wietje Farm Cemetery

Wietje Farm Cemetery is close to Ypres (Ieper,) Flanders, Belgium, just off the N313 road. The access is up a grassed path between two houses into a field growing crops. The path continues round the edge of the field until it is at a right angle to the cemetery to which it then leads.

115 Commonwealth servicemen of the Great War are buried here along with one German.

Wietje Farm Cemetery From Access Path

Wietje Farm Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium

Graves and Cross of Sacrifice:-

Wietje Farm Cemetery, Graves

The German grave; Unteroffizier O Hoffmeister, R Inf R, 22/9/1917. This lies off to the left of the previous photo:-

Wietje Farm Cemetery, German Grave

Poelcapelle War Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium

Poelcapelle is today spelled Poelkapelle. The village is a few miles north-east of Ypres (Ieper.) The British War Cemetery (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) is by the N313 road from Bruges (Brugge) to Ypres.

Poelcapelle War Cemetery,  Belgium

I’ve been to Tyne Cot but nevertheless still gasped when I entered Poelcapelle Cemetery. There are nearly 7,500 burials here, the vast majority, 6,230, of which are “Known unto God”.

View of interior from entrance:-

Interior of Poelcapelle War Cemetery

Graves:-

Graves, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

Some of the unidentified soldiers of the Great War:-

War Graves, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

Lines of graves:-

Lines of Graves, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

Cross of Sacrifice and Stone of Remembrance:-

Cross of Sacrifice and Stone of Remembrance, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

Memorial to some of those whose earlier graves were destroyed in later battles:-

Memorial Stone, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

As usual the graves are beautifully kept. A Soldier of the Great War, Known unto God and Private F J Patten, Hampshire Regiment, 4/10/17, aged 21:-

Planting, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

Two Soldiers of the Great War:-

More Planting, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

There is one World War 2 grave at Poelcapelle. Private R E Mills, Royal Berkshire Regiment, 30/5/1940, aged 19:

WW 2 Grave, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

Cross of Sacrifice and Stone of Remembrance:-

Cross of Sacrifice and Stone of Remembrance Closer View

Wick War Memorial

Wick’s War Memorial is situated by the main road into the town from the south, near the bridge over the Wick River.

Wick War Memorial

Closer view. A figure of Victory on a stone pillar:-

Wick War Memorial Closer View

Dedications. The Great War: “In honour of all those who suffered and in proud and grateful remembrance of the fallen sons of the Burgh of Wick who died for home and freedom in the Great War 1914-1919.”

World War 2: “Also in honoured and grateful remembrance of all those of this Burgh who gave their lives in the Second World War 1939-1945.”

Wick War Memorial Dedications

Memorial Wall (right):-

Wick War Memorial Wall 1

Memorial Wall (left):-

Wick War Memorial Wall 2

Commemorative Plaques, Wick, Sutherland

HMS Jervis Bay was a merchant ship requisitioned by the Admiralty on the outbreak of the Second World War and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. She was sunk by the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer on 5/11/1940 while trying to draw fire onto itself to protect the convoy it was escorting.

This memorial plaque is on a wall in Wick town centre.

HMS Jervis Bay Memorial Plaque, Wick

Nearby is a memorial to HMAV Isleford, a Royal Navy Auxiliary vessel wrecked with all hands in a blizzard in Wick Bay on 25/1/1942, in sight of the shore.

HMAV Isleford Memorial Plaque, Wick

Evie War Memorial

Evie is a small village close to the Broch of Gurness in the north of mainland Orkney.

This simple pillar stands to the side of the A 966 road from Evie to Birsay.

War Memorial, Evie, Orkney

The inscription reads, “In memoriam. Died for King and Country in the Great War 1914-1919.”

Inscription, War Memorial, Evie, Orkney

The names on the memorial all date from 1917 and 1918:-

Names, War Memorial, Evie, Orkney

More Names, War Memorial, Evie, Orkney,

Stromness War Memorial

A statue of a woman on a plinth, this stands on the outskirts of Stromness beside the main road to Kirkwall:-

Stromness War Memorial

Statue and Plinth. Dedication, “In memory of the gallant dead who gave their lives for honour and freedom in the European War 1914-1919.”:-

Statue and Plinth, Stromness War Memorial

View looking towards town:-

Stromness War Memorial Looking Towards Town

Names for 1915-17:-

Stromness War Memorial

Names for 1917-18:-

Stromness War Memorial, Names for 1917-18.

Additional plaque. After 1917:-

Stromness War Memorial, After 1917

Names for 1939-45. “To the glory of God and in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in the Second World War 1939-45.”:-

Stromness War Memorial, Names for 1939-45

Arctic Convoy Memorial, Lyness, Hoy, Orkney

Almost the first thing you notice making your way out of the ferry terminal at Lyness on Hoy, apart from the last remaining oil tank servicing what was the naval base there and the building housing the Lyness Naval Museum is two flags and two upright stone markers.

This is the Arctic Convoy Memorial. Some of the convoys’ ships sailed from Scapa Flow.

Memorial from road:-

Arctic Convoy Memorial, Lyness, Hoy, Orkney

Memorial Plaza:-

Arctic Convoy Memorial, Lyness, Hoy, Orkney Plaza

Memorial Dedication:-

Arctic Convoy Memorial Dedication

Russian Inscription and Flag. (I note that the flag, strictly, should be that of the USSR):-

Arctic Convoy Memorial, Russian Inscription and Flag

Russian inscription:-

Arctic Convoy Memorial Russian Inscription Close-up

British Inscription and Flag:-

Arctic Convoy Memorial British Inscription and Flag

British Inscription:-

Arctic Convoy Memorial British Inscription

War Graves, Mainland Orkney

The churchyard cemetery at St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, had a Commonwealth War Graves sign on it. There were two, both Seaforth Highlanders from the Great War.

Private J Brass, 30/10/1918, aged 18:-

Kirkwall War Grave

Private J McKay, 11/11/1918, aged 21:-

War Grave, Kirkwall

Similarly, in Stromness’s Warebeth Cemetery on the shores of Hoy Sound, W Parsons, Second Hand, RNR, HM Trawler Dale Castle, 8th December 1918:-

Stromness War Grave

And at Orphir, Lance Bombardier J W Bews, Royal Artillery, 26/3/1941, aged 20:-

Orphir War Grave

Also in Orphir cemetery was this dedication to James Oliver Flett, Airborne Division, who died on active service, 22/4/1944, aged 22:-

Grave at Orphir

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