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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

Individual War Graves, Leuchars Cemetery

My general overview of Leuchars Cemetery was posted here.

Some of the war graves there are in individual plots-

Pilot Officer A A Greenberg, RAF, 14/3/1940:-

War Grave Leuchars

Flying Officer E D Godfrey, RAF, 4/9/1939:-

Leuchars War Grave

Lieutenant P Hall-Smith, RAF, 1/8/1919:-

Great War Grave, Leuchars

Sergeant R Gordon, Observer, RAF, 22/10/1941, age 21:-

Second World War Grave, Leuchars

Aircraftman 2nd Class J Kennedy, RAF, 21/8/1940, age 22:-

RAF War Grave, 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

War Memorials, Hexham

Hexham War Memorial lies in the grounds of Hexham Abbey. It takes the form of a Cross of Sacrifice:-

Hexham War Memorial

War Memorial, Hexham

Dedications. “Here are inscribed names which bid us by service our debt repay,” with below, “This cross and S Wilfrid’s War Memorial Hospital are dedicated to the glorious memory of the men of Hexham who laid down their lives in the Great Wars 1914-1918 1939-1945.”

Hexham War Memorial Dedication and Names

Names:-

Names, Hexham  War Memorial

Names, War Memorial, Hexham

War Memorial , Hexham, Names

Royal Northumberland Fusiliers memorial plaque by a memorial garden at Hexham Abbey. Dedicated to those of the 4th Battalion and 8th Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers who died in the Second World War:-

Royal Northumberland Fusiliers Memorial, Hexham Abbey

Individual War Graves, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Four of the individual war graves in Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery commemorate World War 2 dead.

Serjeant J Walker, Royal Engineers, 23/1/0/1944, aged 28:-

Commonwealth War Grave, Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth

Private J Logan, The Black Watch, 24/8/1944, aged 42:-

Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, Commonwealth War Grave

Private H Clark, Royal Army Service Corps, 12/11/1942, aged 32. Another inscription tells us that Private H Clark’s nephew, John Macdonald, of HMS ‘Matabele’ was lost at sea 17/1/1942, aged 20:-

Commonwealth War Grave,

Flight Sergeant J B Forbes, Air Gunner, RAF, 1/2/1946, aged 33:-

World War 2 Grave, 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

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

A Short Stop at Aberdour

In June we took a friend to see Aberdour as she’d never been there before.

Between the railway station car park (which is the easiest place to ark in the town) and the station itself is this planter in the shape of a stylised locomotive + train:-

Train-Shaped Planter by Aberdour Railway Station

This small building, Curlingstane House, looks cute stuck in between two others:-

Quaint House, Aberdour

The plaque below is on the same church wall as Aberdour’s War Memorial. It commemorates Lieutenant-Colonel Geoffrey Charles Tasker Keyes, killed in action, Libya, 18/11/1941:-

War Death Commemoration, Aberdour

In the graveyard behind the church is this gravestone commemorating a war death. Flight Sergeant Pilot Walter R L Gollyer, RAF VR, killed in action, 13/7/1941, aged 22:-

Aberdour Grave with War Death Dedication

War Memorial, Stanhope, County Durham

Stanhope’s War Memorial is a stone cross above a square plinth. It stands in the grounds of St Thomas Church but is visible from the street:-

War Memorial, Stanhope, County Durham

Dedication and names. “To the glory of God and in memory of those from the ecclesiastical parish of Stanhope who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 – 1919.”
“1939 – 1945. Let us also remember.”

Stanhope War Memorial Dedication and  Names

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