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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

St Mary's and St Stephen's Church, 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 Memorial, Lanchester, County Durham

Lanchester is a small village in County Durham. We visited there because it features in a Book of British Villages which we have.

Its War Memorial is in the form of a wall on the village green:-

War Memorial, Lanchester, County Durham

Closer view:-

Lanchester War Memorial

There was a Great War 100th anniversary vintage memorial bench nearby:-

War Memorial Bench, Lanchester

Cramlington War Memorial

Cramlington‘s War Memorial is a figure of Saint George atop an obelisk surmounting a hexagonal base.

Cramlington War Memorial

The dedication runs round the top of the hexagonal section and reads, “Their names live together in honour and glory.”

War Memorial, Cramlington, Part Dedication

Part Dedication, Cramlington War Memorial

Cramlington War Memorial Part Dedication

Figure of Saint George:-

Figyure, Cramlington War Memorial

There are two memorial benches. The first is dedicated to the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment. The Poachers.

Cramlington, Northumberland, War Memorial Bench

The second is the usual kind of Great War 100th anniversary bench:-

War Memorial Bench, 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 Memorials, Bergen

Memorial to the Battle of Bergen Harbour, 1/8/1665. (aka Battle of Vågen. The battle was one of those which should not have taken place but did. The local commander did not know that the English fleet had permission from the king (of Denmark-Norway) to capture Dutch ships sheltering in the harbour so opened fire from Bergenhus Fortress – the only time the fortress ever took part in a battle.

Battle of Bergen Harbour Memorial, Bergen

Memorial to Norwegian sailors of the Great War. Erected by their friends and admirers in Great Britain and dedicated to “that great company of true norsemen who though at peace with all men dared to defy the horrors and perils of war and in a rightful service endured fearlessly to the end”:-

Memorial to Norwegian Sailors of the Great War, Bergen

Memorial in Bergen to Skansens Bataljon Buekorps/Bow Corps. Falt I Krigen 1940-1945. Falt I Krigen means “fell in war.”

Memorial To Skansens Batalion, Bergen

Perth Academy’s Old Building and War Commemorations

We were in Perth at the end of last year and for the first time took a stroll beside the North Inch on the Rose Terrace side.

There we discovered Perth Academy’s Old Building, a fine imposing edifice, used as the school from 1807 to 1932:-

Old  Perth Academy Building

Attached to its wall is this plaque dedicated to those former pupils who fought and died in the Great War:-

Perth Academy WW 1 Memorial

On the wall of a building in High Street is this plaque, presented to the people of Perth by the 1st Polish Army Corps in appreciation of the friendship extended to them in the city and county during World War 2:-

Polish Memorial, High Street, Perth

Kelty War Memorial

Kelty‘s War Memorial stands beside Station Road.

A greatcoated soldier with slung rifle on a square plinth.

Kelty War Memorial

Dedication, “To the glorious memory of the men of Kelty who gave their lives in the Great Wars 1914-1918 and 1939-1945,” plus Second World War names:-

Kelty War Memorial Dedication

East aspect. Great War names:-

Kelty, War Memorial, Great War Names

West aspect. Great War names:-

Kelty War Memorial

Lassodie War Memorial

Lassodie is a village that no longer exists. When the pits which were its main employment – and reason for being – closed, the land was cleared of housing. A condition of the original granting of mineral rights, apparently.

Nevertheless it has a War Memorial, which lies beside the B912 between the villages of Kingseat and Kelty in Fife, near Loch Fitty.

Lassodie War Memorial 2

Dedication. “Erected in grateful remembrance of the men of this village who fell in the Great War 1914-1918,” with below the “grow not old” lines from Laurence Binyon’s For the Fallen.

Lassodie War Memorial Dedication and Names

The Second World War dedication is inscribed on the southern side of the memorial. “To the glory of god and in memory of the men of Lassodie who fell in the 1939-1945 War.”

Lassodie War Memorial, World War 2 Dedication

Situation. In fenced off square by B912 between Kingseat and Kelty:-

Location, Lassodie War Memorial 4

Remembrance Poppies, Dunfermline

We quite often go into Dunfermline.

Late last October the town (Sorry, it’s a city now) was festooned with poppies in the run-up to Remembrance Day.

Carnegie Library, Abbot Street:-

Dunfermline Poppies, 2020

More Poppies, Dunfermline 2020

Lower High Street:-

Dunfermline Town Centre Poppies 2020

Carnegie Drive:-

Poppies on Safety Rails, Carnegie Drive, Dunfermline 2020

Dunfermline Roadside Poppy 2020

On main roundabout

Poppies on Roundabout, Dunfermline 2020

Appin Crescent:-

2020, Poppies, Dunfermline

None of the last tfour photographs was taken by the driver!

Aldborough

On the way back up from Peterborough we stopped off at the village of Aldborough in Yorkshire.

There are Roman remains there but the English Heritage site was shut due to Covid restrictions so we couldn’t access them. Maybe another time.

Aldborough is one of those English villages centred round a village green. It’s slightly unusual in that the green still has a maypole.

Aldborough Maypole

Maypole, Aldborough, Yorkshire

The other part of the green has a lovely oak tree on it:-

Oak Tree, village green, Aldborough, Yorkshire

There was the obligatory church (St Andrew’s):-

Aldborough Church, Yorkshire

St Andrew's Church, Aldborough, Yorkshire

Another historical hangover is the presence of stocks:-

Aldborough Stocks, Yorkshire

The memorial you can see beyond the stocks in the photo above was erected on the 50th anniversary of an air crash where due to the skill of the pilot the aeroplane narrowly avoided Aldborough. All seven crew were killed.

Air Crash Memorial, Aldborough

This stone is just along from the memorial. It records where MPs for Aldborough and Boroughbridge were elected in the days before the Great Reform Act of 1832. Was Aldborough a rotten borough?

Aldborough Election Site

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