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Inveravon, Pictish Stones, and War Graves

In between Ballindalloch and Criagellachie Bridge we turned off the A 95 to find Inveravon Church and its Pictish Stones.

The stones were once in the open but are now kept in a porch:-

Pictish Stones, Inveravon

Inveravon Pictish Stones

Information Boards:-

Information Board, Inveravon

Inveravon PIctish Stones, Information Board 2

In the churchyard I found two Commonwealth War Graves.

Private A G Patterson, Seaforth Highlanders, 10/3/1915, aged 18:-

War Grave, Inveravon

Private J A Cantlie, Gordon Highlanders, 30/5/1918, aged 20:-

War Grave, Inveravon


Commonwealth War Graves, Ypres Town Cemetery. Lest We Forget

Ypres Town Cemetery sits beside the Menin Road, not far from the Menin Gate in Ieper, (Ypres) Belgium.

It contains a number of Commonwealth War Graves of Great War dead.

I noted that these were all casualties from 1914. They were no doubt interred here since at that time there was no Commonwealth War Graves Commission to oversee the burials and these would have been done on an ad hoc basis. After the war they will have been given the honour of a CWGC headstone.

Commonwealth War Graves, Ypres Civil Cemetery

Commonwealth War Graves, Ypres Town Cemeery

Reverse view of above:-

Ypres Twon Cemetery, Commonwealth War Graves

Several graves lay close together. Cpt Robert Giffard, Royal Field Artillery, 1/11/1914. Cpt A A L Stephen, DSO, Scots Guards, 31/10/1914. Cpt & Adjt W H Ferrar, Welch Regiment, 31/10/1914:-

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2nd Lt J A Tucker, Royal Field Artillery, 1/11/1914. Cpt G P Shedden, Royal Garrison Artillery, 31/10/1914. Cpt J F Allen, Loyal North Lancs Regt, 5/11/1914 aged 32:-

Three Commonwealth War Graves, Yores Town Cemetery

Captain Shedden’s grave is unusual in having a separate memorial stone cross behind the CWGC one. This may have been erected by his family before the CWGC headstone and is probably only there because the cemetery is not in the care of the CWGC, where all headstones are the same shape and, beyond wording carved into the bottom of the stone, such individual commemorations are not allowed.

War Graves, Milton of Bucahanan (ii)

Captain H J Westlake, Pioneer Corps, 10/7/1943, aged 45 and Captain M E C Steward, Royal Artillery, 12/10/1943, aged 55:-

War Graves, Milton of Buchanan Cemetery

Gunner J W Howarth, Royal Artillery, 23/6/1942, aged 21 and Gunner G MIller, Royal Artillery, 22/12/1942:-

Milton of Buchanan Cemetery War Graves

Serjeant L Porter, RAMC, 24/5/1942 and Major G Hayward, Royal Indian Army Service Corps, 12/6/1941, aged 47:-

Pair of War Graves Milton of Buchanan Cemetery

Nurse E Petrie, Voluntary Aid Detachment, 4/7/1941, aged 33, her brother Harry, Royal Corps of Signals, 9/12/1942 and Flight Lieutenant G C Challis, RAF, 23/11/1941, aged 53:-

Milton of Buchanan Cemetery, Two War Graves

Private C McDaid, Highland Light Infantry 28/12/1940:-

Milton of Buchanan Cemetery War Grave

Private J Elliott, Pioneer Corps, 11/1/1941, aged 63:-

War Grave at Milton of Buchanan Cemetery

War Graves, Milton of Buchanan (i)

Milton of Buchanan is a village in Stirlingshire on the road between Drymen and Balmaha, near Loch Lomond.

On its eastern edge there is a cemetery which contains 19 Commonwealth War Graves. All are from the Second World War.

Rifleman W Clabby, 29/1/1943:-

War Grave, Milton of Buchanan Cemetery

An MC and DSO recipient, Brigadier F H Witts, Irish Guards, 9/51941, aged 54:-

War Grave at Milton of Buchanan Cemetery

Captain W S Race, Royal Engineers, 4/2/1945:-

Milton of Buchanan Cemetery War Grave

Major E H Williams, REME, 1/11/1945, aged 55 and Gunner F H Searle, Royal Artillery, 27/8/1945 aged 39:-

Two War Graves, Milton of Buchanan Cemetery

Private T F Dodd, Pioneer Corps, 29/4/1944 aged 19 and Corporal T Lloyd, Pioneer Corps 27/9/1944:-

Milton of Buchanan Cemetery, Two War Graves

Gunner G Jones, Royal Artillery, 11/4/1944, aged 19 and Sergeant W B Graham, Air Gunner, RAF, 23/4/1944, aged 24:-

Two War Graves at Milton of Buchanan Cemetery

Allied War Graves, Dyce

More war graves in the Comonwealth War Graves cemetery at St Fergus’s Church, Dyce.

Fl Sgt R C Wood, Pilot ,RAF, 16/11/1941, aged 23, Czech national Vladimir Zaoral, NPOR Let, Flying Officer RAF, 5/11/1915 – 19/11/1941, Por W Śniechowski, 310 Squadron, Polish Forces, 8/12/1941, aged 24:-

World War 2 Graves, Dyce

Sgt A A Catton, Observer, RAF, 27/8/1941, aged 23, Czech national Alois Dvořák, RT Sergeant, RAF, 23/5/1916 – 24/9/1941, Pilot Officer J G Dunlop, Pilot RCAF, 15/11/1941, aged 21:-

3 Second World War Graves, Dyce

H J Cooper, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force, 7/7/1941, aged 29, Sergeant J C Steeves, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, RCAF, aged 20, Corporal J G Saunders, RAF, 22/7/1941, aged 25:-

Dyce War Graves

Sergeant D W Campbell, Wirless Operator/Air Gunner, RCAF, 16/6/1942, Wing Commander J A Dixon, Pilot, RAF, 13/7/1941, Sergeant J B Elder, Navigator, RAF, 7/12/1942:-

War Graves, Dyce

Pilot Officer J V Ensom, RCAF, 7/12/1942, aged 22, An Airman of the Second World War, RAF, Buried 30/12/1942, Flight Sergeant A R Spenser, Royal Australian Air Force, 6/6/1943, aged 22, Flying Officer E W Mitchell, Navigator, RAF, 22/9/1945:-

4 War Graves, Dyce

Pilot Officer J Winning, RAF, 27/5/1940, aged 39, Aircraftman 1st Class, H Buttery, RAF, 1/5/1940, aged 19, Aircraftman 1st Class, F Wallwork, RAF, 6/5/1940, aged 36, Flying Officer K N Gray DFC, RAF, 1/5/1940, aged 25:-

Dyce, 4 War Graves

Pilot Officer W F Crockart, Obsever, RAF, 22/3/1941, aged 28, Aircraftman 1st Class J E Mangion, RAF, 3/9/1940 aged 21, Aircraftman 2nd Class D Campbell, RAF, 3/9/1940, aged 30, Aircraftman 1st Class G W Scott, RAF, 31/8/1940:-

Commonwealth War Graves, Dyce

Sergeant F A V M Drummond, RAAF, 6/5/1940, aged 19, Flying Officer A R Nivison-Smith of Australia, Pilot, RAF, 6/11/1940 aged 22,Pilot Officer H M Coombs, RAF, 24/10/1940 aged 28. Thsi photo also includes Pilot Officer W F Crockart, Obsever, RAF, as above:-

Dyce, Commonwealth War Graves

Commonwealth War Graves, Pittenweem

These are in the churchyard cemetery, the same cemetery where Pittenweem War Memorial lies.

They are all from The Great War.

J A Smith, Royal Navy Reserve, HM Trawler Forward, 29/8/1918, aged 26:-

Great War Grave, Pittenweem

Private J G Peebles, The Black Watch, 16/5/1916, age 17:-

Pittenweem, Great War Grave

J H Brand, Leading Seaman, Royal Navy Reserve, HM Trawler Mervin II, 26/11/1918, aged 25:-

First World War Grave, Pittenweem

Peter Bowman (Jappy,) Deck Hand, Royal Navy Reserve, HMS Clarosin, 19/3/1920, aged 22:-

Pittenweem, First World War Grave

Morningside Cemetery (ii)

More war graves from Morningside Cemetery. Two of these commemorate women who died.

Private C Cox, Royal Scots, 20/12/1918, aged 47:-

War Grave, Morningside Cemetery

Driver A D G Linton, Royal Field Artillery, 29/3/1919, aged 23:-

Great War Grave, Morningside Cemetery, Edinburgh

Nurse Leila Mabel Elliott, Territorial Nursing Service, 2/3/1920 aged 32:-

Female War Grave, Morningside Cemetery, Edinburgh

Private W Mair, Devonshire Regiment, 20/10/1919, aged 22:-

Morningside Cemetery, Edinburgh, Great War Grave

Private J Woods, Royal Scots, 24/3/1920:-

Morningside Cemetery, Great War Grave

Lieutenant Albert James L Innes, RAMC, 11/3/1920, aged 27:-

Great War Grave, Morningside Cemetery

Lance Corporal A Sybray, Duke of Lancs Own Yeomanry, 4/10/1916, aged 28:-

Edinburgh, Great War Grave, Morningside Cemetery

Private W McIlwraith, Royal Army Service Corps, 8/3/1919, aged 1929:-

Morningside Cemetery, Great War Grave

Private Margaret White Walker, Auxiliary Territorial Service, 11/2/1945, aged 22. (Supplementary groundstone erected by employees of Wm Thyne Ltd):-

Female Second World War Grave, Morningside Cemetery, Edinburgh

Sergeant J J Scott, Observer, RAF, 12/8/1940:-

Second World War Grave, Morningside Cemetery, Edinburgh

War Graves, Kirriemuir

As well as the grave of J M Barrie, Kirriemuir Cemetery contains several Commonwealth War Graves.

Private W P Brown, RAF, 26/6/1918, aged 17:-

Kirriemuir War Grave

Private N Clark, RAMC, 29/1/1919, aged 25:-

War Grave, Kirriemuir

Private D Lindsay, The Black Watch, 23/9/1919, aged 36:-

Kirriemuir Cemetery, War Grave

In addition this family gravestone had a commemoration of a war death, Robert MacKay Young, killed by enemy action, 28/1/1942. Interred at Reichswald Forest, Cleve:-

War Commemoration, Kirriemuir

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

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