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War Graves, Leuchars Cemetery

Most of the war graves at Leuchars Cemetery are lined up before the Cross of Scarifice. I photographed these in groups.

Flight Sergeant W P W McQueen, RAF, 28/8/1947, Flying Officer F D Foote, RAF, 1/6/1941, Flying Officer G J Dunn, Navigator, RAF, 14/9/1941:-

3 War Graves, Leuchars Cemetery

Warrant Officer G J Forbes, RAF, (something – wireless? -) operator, Air Gunner, Royal New Zealand Air Force, 14/9/1944, Flight Sergeanty J H Williams, Royal Australian Air Force, 14/9/1944, age 24, Flying Officer J W Bayard, Royal Canadian Air Force, 14/9/1944, age 24:-

3 More War Graves, Leuchars

Flying Officer A Tulloch, Royal Canadian Air Force, 20/7/1944, age 23, Flight Sergeant J C L Small, Royal Australian Air Force, 20/7/1944, age 21, Flight Sergeant E P Smithl, Royal Australian Air Force, 20/7/1944, age 26:-

Leuchars Cemetery, 3 War Graves

Flying Officer W M Ferguson, Navigator, RAF, 11/7/1943 and Flying Officer E F Kirwan, Pilot, RAF, 11/6/1943, age 28:-

2 War Graves, Leuchars

Flight Officer E Davidson, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, 24/11.1943, age 43, Flying Officer A F Shapcott, 8/8/1943, age 29:-

2 More War Graves. Leuchars

Flying Officer J H Benton, Navigator, Royal Canadian Air Force, 11/7/1943, age 29, Flight Sergeant A I Wheatcroft, Bomb Aimer/Navigator, RAF, 24/5/1943, age 22:-

Leuchars, 2 War Graves

Warrant Officer T A Pertus, Royal Canadian Air Force, 5/2/1943, age 22, Squadron Leader C T E Smith, RAF, 24/1/1943, age 49:-

Leuchars, 2 More War Graves

Aircraftman 2nd Class L Dale, Wireless Operator, RAF, 1/12/1939, Pilot Officer R M Wuilliams, Pilot, RAF, 1/12/1939, age 25, Pilot Officer H G Yelland, RAF, 1/12/1939, age 25:-

More War Graves, Leuchars

Flying Officer C H Clark, Pilot, RAF, 10/10/1939, age 27, Pilot Officer W E Lockley, Pilot, RAF, 19/10/1939, and Sergeant H Letchford, Pilot, RAF, 4/10/1939 age 24:-

Leuchars, 3 More War Graves

Aircraftman 1st Class, C A Bates, Wireless Operator, RAF, 4/10/1939, Pilot Officer J W C McFarlane, Pilot, RAF, Pilot Officer R A Barker, Pilot, RAF, 4/10/1939, age 24:-

3 More War Graves, Leuchars

Commonwealth and Netherlands War Graves, Leuchars Cemetery, Fife

Leuchars is near St Andrews in Fife. No doubt because of the nearby airbase there are many war graves in this cemetery – sufficient for it to have a Cross of Sacrifice.

War Graves, Leuchars Cemetery

The three nearest graves on the left in the above photo are of Dutch nationals – Willem Hijkoop (left,) Anton Marie ten Herkel (centre,) C.A.F. van Otterloo (right.) Apparently 22 other Dutchmen’s bodies were transferred to Mill Hill cemetery in London:-

Netherlands War Graves, Leuchars Cemetery

The day we visited there was a Commonwealth War Graves Commission van at the cemetery with one of its employees tending to the graves. The Commission does a magnifcent job of upkeep on war graves in Britain and abroad.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Van, Leuchars Cemetery

Commonwealth War Graves Commission van, war graves and Cross of Sacrifice:-

War Graves, Leuchars Cemetery

Behind where this photo was taken is a First World War memorial bench:-

WW 1 Memorial Bench, Leuchars Cemetery

Sanctuary Wood Cemetery (Lest We Forget)

Sanctuary Wood Cemetery is one of the many Imperial (later Commonwealth) War Graves Commission cemeteries that lie in the countryside around Ypres (Ieper) in Belgium.

It lies near T’Hooghe (Hooge) off the Canadalaan (Canada Lane) itself coming off the Meenseweg (the Menin Road of dreadful memory.) Buried or commemorated in the cemetery are 1,989 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War of whom 1,348 are unidentified. For information about the cemetery see here.

I note from the link that this cemetery is the resting place (in Plot IV. D. 14) of Captain Robert Frederick Balfour, 1st Battalion Scots Guards who died on 28th October 1914, aged 31. He was the son of Edward Balfour, of “Balbirnie,” Markinch, Fife. I live a couple of hundred yards or so from the Balfours’ former home, Balbirnie House.

Sanctuary Wood Cemetery entrance:-

Entrance, Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Hooge, near Ypres

Stone of Remembrance and Cross of Sacrifice from entrance:-

Stone of Remembrance and Cross Sacrifice, Sanctuary Wood Cemetery

Information board:-

Information Board, Sanctuary Wood Cemetery

Graves:-

Graves, Sanctuary Wood Cemetery

Graves from south:-

Sanctuary Wood Cemetery Graves from South

I found one German War grave in the cemetery, Flieg Hauptmann Hans Roser, F Fliegerabt 3, 25/7/1915:-

German War Grave, Sanctuary Wood Cemetery

Just outside Sanctuary Wood Cemetery there is a private memorial in memory of Keith Rae, 2nd Lieutenant, 8th Battalion the Rifle Brigade, “who died on this spot, 30/7/1915, in his 26th year.” “Also in memory of his brother officers and men who fell on the same morning and afternoon.”

No individual memorials were/are allowed inside Imperial/Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries. Whatever their differences in life (not least in military rank) in death it was decided that all should be treated equally, with identical headstones. Apart from name rank, number and their regimental insignia (and a special marking in the shape of that award if the deceased had won a Victoria Cross) only an inscription chosen by the deceased’s family and situated to the bottom of the headstone distinguishes one from another.

I presume this memorial was allowed by the Belgian authorities since it lies beyond Sanctuary Wood Cemetery’s boundaries:-

Private Memorial Outside Sanctuary Wood Cemetery

Great War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

The Great War Graves in Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, can be found scattered through it, mostly in its older parts.

Boy A A Cowper, RAF, 24/11/1918, aged 17:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private J F Michie, Highland Cyclist Battalion, 27/12/1916:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private J Macdonald, 31st Battalion Canadian Infantry, 24/1/0/1916, aged 28:-

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, Great War Grave

Canadian Great War Grave. Private J Heron, 52nd Battalion Canadian Infantry, 4/10/1916, aged 33:-

Canadian Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private W J Martin, The Black Watch, 17/8/1915, aged 53. It’s unusual even in a cemetery in the UK (overseas it would I suspect be impossible) to have other members of the deceased’s family commemorated at the same burial site:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill CemeteryPerth

“Buried in this cemetery” Fireman J King, MMR, HMS No 12, 30/7/1915:-

Commonwealth War Headstone, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private T Birch, The Black Watch, 24/10/1917, aged 18. This also designates the resting place of “His Father, Thomas Birch.” (Same burial site commemoration is not unique then, even in this cemetery.)

War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private J Lumsden, The Black Watch, 9/4/1919, aged 31:-

War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private H Kennedy, The Black Watch, 31/1/01914:-

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth Great War Grave

Private Andrew Muckersie, Highland Light Infantry, 31/8/1918, aged 37:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private D Whyte, 5th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry, 13/4/1915, aged 25:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

A dual commemoration. Lance Corporal A Gray, Gordon Highlanders, 11/10/1915, aged 19. Private T McColl, Gordon Highlanders, 26/3/1915. Commonwealth war dead headstones with more than one name are fairly common in Belgium and France, less so in the UK:-

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, Grave for the Great War

Private A Rodger, The Black Watch, 7/11/1918, aged 21:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Driver P Hodge Royal Field Artillery, 18/12/1919, aged 26:-

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, Great War Grave

Private J Campbell, Royal Army Service Corps, 20/9/1919:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private C S Robertson, Army Service Corps, 13/11/1918, aged 38:-

Great War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Commonwealth War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Not far up from the Polish War Graves in Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, lies a cluster of Commonwealth War Graves most of which mark Second World War deaths. There are at least 21 more individual war graves scattered through the cemetery.

Eight Graves (for the two behind see below):-

Commonwealth War Graves 3

Four graves (the two behind can be seen below):-

More Commonwealth War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Four more headstones:-

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, Commonwealth War Graves

Three Second World War graves at right angles to the four above:-

Three Second World War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

One of these below died post-war. M Hislop, Auxiliary Territiorial Service, 12/1/1948, aged 29. The other was also in the Auxiliary Territiorial Service. Volunteer C MacLeod, 30/4/1941, aged 25:-

Two Commonwealth War Graves,Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

H D Barrie, Cabin Boy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship “Demeter”, 1/11/1947, aged 21, again died post-war. Private J Macdonald, The BLack Watch, 10/2/1916 died during the Great War:-

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, Commonwealth War Graves

Polish Section, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

There is a large part of Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, given over to graves of Polish people whom I presume came to Britain in 1939 after Poland was overrun by Nazi Germany (and the USSR.)and their descendants.

This grave is of a former artilleryman in the Polish Army, Eddie Sylwester Nowak, 1912 – 2014:-

Polish Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Wider view of Polish graves:-

Polish Section, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Looking back down to Polish Memorial. Some Commonwealth War Graves are in the foreground here:-

Section of Polish Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Polish Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

A large section of Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, is given over to graves of people from Poland (most of whom presumably came over to fight in World War 2) and their descendants.

This grave is of a former artilleryman in the Polish Army, Eddie Sylwester Nowak, 1912 – 2014:-

Polish Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

General view of Polish section:-

Polish Section, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Looking back downhill towards the Memorial to te Polish war dead. (Some Commonwealth War Graves are in the foreground here):-

Section of Polish Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

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

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