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Polish War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth (ii)

Memorial and Dedication stone behind:-

Polish War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Lower section:-

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, Polish War Graves

Looking east:-

Lines of Polish War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

More Polish War Graves

From memorial stone:-

Perth, Polish War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery

A few graves were in smaller groupings:-

B M P Pawłowski, 28/7/1946, aged 53 and W Kowłowski, 14/9/1946, aged 48:-

Two Polish War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery Perth

RTM Z Cuzek, 6/3/1947, aged 57, Captain J Kopeć, 21/4/1947 aged 53, Lt-Colonel L A Beldowski, 11/9/1947 aged 48:-

Three Polish War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Two sets of seven Polish War Graves. The three plots to the right all contain two burials:-

Seven Polish War Graves Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Seven More Polish War Graves

Two sets of eight Polish War Graves, Again two burials per plot:-

Eight Polish War Graves

Eight More Polish War Graves

Polish War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth (i)

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, contains over 350 burials of Polish nationals who died in the 1939-1945 war.

Cemetery gates from the inside:-

Gates, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Polish War Graves sign by gates:-

Polish War Graves Sign, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery Perth

Memorial Stone and Dedication, “Eternal Glory to the Polish soldiers who died in 1939-1945 for our freedom and yours.” (alos rendered in Polish.)

Dedication Stone Polish Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Information Board:-

Polish War Graves Information Board

Polish War Graves in setting:-

Polish War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery,Perth

War Graves, Wolsingham, Weardale, County Durham

Wolsingham is a small town in Weardale, County Durham.

The local building material looks to have been a lovely stone, similar to Cotsworld stone but a bit darker.

These terraced houses were quite olde-worlde

Old Building, Wolsingham

St Mary’s and St Stephen’s church stood back up a side street off the road through the town:-

A Church in Wolsingham

There were two war graves in the churchyard.

Leading aircraftman F Langdale, Royal Canadian Air Force, 27/4/1943, aged 24:-

War Grave, Wolsingham, Weardale, County Durham

Private J H Jackson, Royal Army Medical Corps, 13/9/1920, aged 43:-

Wolsingham War Grave

War Graves, Cramlington, Northumberland

The headstone containing the names of (some of) my ancestors was in the graveyard of Church of St Nicholas.

St Nicholas Church, Cramlington, Northumberland

St Nicholas Church, Cramlington, Northumberland

While wandering the graveyard I found two Commonwealth War Graves, both from the Great War:-

Private J Shield, Northumberland Fusiliers, 10/11/1918:-

War Grave, Cramlington, Northumberland

Serjeant J W Brabban, Royal Field Artillery, 27/11/1918, aged 21:-

War Grave in Cramlington, Northumberland

War Graves, Murie Cemetery, Errol, Perth and Kinross

Murie Cemetery lies just to the west of Errol, up a side road off the St Madoes Road.

Seven Commonwealth war graves lie in the cemetery and there is one of a Czechoslovakian soldier.

War Graves, Murie Cemetery, Errol

Below, from left to right; Sergeant C Moorehead, Pilot, RAF, 25/1/1943 aged 21, Lieutenant J H J Vernon, HMS “Macaw” 26/11/1944, aged 20, Sergeant W T Woodington, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, 20/12/1942, aged 19:-

Three War Graves, Murie Cemetery, Errol

Sub-Lieutenant, W V Stark, Royal New Zealand Volunteer Reserve, 7/3/1943, aged 20.:-

War Grave, Murie Cemetery, Errol

Sub-Lieutenant (A) B N Prance, RNVR, HMS “Jackdaw” 19/3/1943, aged 24, Sub-Lieutenant (A) A A J Robertson, RNVR, HMS “Jackdaw” 19/3/1943, aged 29, Sub-Lieutenant (A) J R Hobday, RNVR, HMS “Macaw” 30/3/1944, aged 19:-

Murie Cemetery, War Graves

František Drahovzal, RT, Czech Army, 10/6/1908 – 29/5/1943:-

Czechoslovakian War Grave, Murie Cemetery, Errol

War Grave at St Andrews Cathedral

By the side of St Andrews Cathedral in St Andrews There is a cemetery. In March this year I noticed a Commonwealth War Graves here sign so popped in for a look

There was one war grave, of Great War Private S Findlay, Labour Corps, 9/8/1917, aged 36.

War Grave, St Andrews Cathedral

War Graves

I was sad to hear on the news today and read in the Guardian that the Imperial War Graves Commission* failed to ensure that African or Indian servicemen of the Empire in the Great War were accorded the same treatment in death as those from the UK and the Dominions.

I can’t say however that I was very surprised – a clue is in the name: Imperial War Graves Commission.

It’s no excuse for the behaviour of those in charge but the times were different and the attitudes of the powers that were were very unenlightened compared to those that I hope would apply now.

Again, there’s no excuse but it may have been a non-Western Front ruling. There are certainly individual graves of Maori soldiers at Birr Cross Roads Cemetery near Ypres. But New Zealand was of course a Dominion not a colony. (I also remember seeing somewhere a headstone for a Chinese member of the Labour Battalion but not which cemetery his grave was in.)

There are of course collective memorials to Nepalese and Indian soldiers at the Menin Gate as well as names of individual Burmese and Indian soldiers on the building itself.

However, it was and is deplorable that non-white servicemen were at any time not accorded the respect that was – and still is – their due.

*The name was later changed to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

War Graves, Errol

Errol is a small town in the Carse of Gowrie, and lies about halfway between Dundee and Perth.

One of our sons lives there and while walking round one day last July (in that short time frame when such a thing was within Covid rules) I came across two Commonwealth War Graves in Errol cemetery.

Private W Soutar, The Black Watch, 17/1/1921:-

War Grave, Errol

Corporal C Anderson, 2nd Life Guards, 12/31919, aged 41:-

Errol, War Grave

Another grave bore this commemoration; Alfred Bramhill Doe, killed in action near Arras, 23/4/1917 aged 25:-

War Inscription, Errol

Commonwealth War Graves, Hebburn Cemetery (iii)

Private H Dobson, The East Surrey Regiment, 1/6/1940, aged 21:-
Hebburn, Second World War Grave

Sapper J McCarty, Royal Engineers, 8/11/1942, aged 20:-
Second World War Grave, Hebburn

Private R Binnie, Royal Defence Corps, 10/2/1918, aged 46:-
Great War Grave, Hebburn

Private J Lacey, Royal Army Medical Corps, 12/3/1918, aged 25:-
Hebburn, Great War Grave

Sapper J T Marshall, Royal Engineers, 23/4/1916, aged 34:-
Great War Grave, Hebburn

2nd Corporal J Trodden, Royal Engineers, 21/2/1921, aged 23:-
Hebburn, Great War Grave

Private H Herries, Durham Light Infantry, 14/3/1917, aged 23:-
Hebburn, Great War Grave

Groups of Commonwealth War Graves, Hebburn Cemetery

Sapper W E Milne, Royal Engineers, 16/11/1945, aged 28 ; Private W Shone, The Seaforth Highlanders, 29/3/1946, aged 17; Gunner J Stubbings, Royal Artillery, 1/5/1947:-

Hebburn, Group of War Graves

Private W J Jackson, Durham Light Infantry, 25/12/1942; Private I Richardson, The Border Regiment, 9/11/1943, aged 24; Corporal J J Taylor, RAF, 24/11/1944, aged 44:-

Group of Second World War Graves, Hebburn

Sergeant W Watson, Wireless Operator/Rear Gunner, RAF, 14/11/1941, aged 21; WO B 11 (BSM) T W Picken, Royal Artillery, 1/8/1942, aged 34; J Weatherstone, Observer, RAF, 9/8/1947, aged 23:-

Group of Second World War Graves, Hebburn

Private W Hall, The Buffs, 5/5/1941, aged 18; W T H Oliver, Military Provost Staff Corps, 11/5/1941, aged 48; Guardsman C Hope, Grenadier Guards, 10-11/5/1941:-

Hebburn, Second World War Graves

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