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Individual War Graves and Commemorations, Annan Cemetery

Corporal J Beattie, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, 27/6/1943, Age 27:-

War Grave, Annan Cemetery

Sergeant R Wilkin, Air Gunner, RAF, 8/9/1941, 27:-

Annan Cemetery, War Grave

Sergeant W Fleming, Pilot, RAF, 9/1/0/1944, Age 27:-

War Grave, Annan

M Caviney, Stoker First Class, HMS Ranger, 16/3/1919, Age 26:-

Annan War Grave

Pilot Officer W Burt, RAF, 1/1/1943, Age 21:-

War Grave in Annan Cemetery

Private J Matthews, Durham Light Infantry, 28/2/1918:-

Great War Grave, Annan

Lance Corporal D Tinning, Royal Engineers, 3/8/1942. Age 24:-

World War 2 Grave, Annan

David Lewis Willacy, Sgt Pilot, RAF, killed on active service, 1/9/1941, aged 25:-

War Inscription, Annan Cemetery

Robert Squince McCulloch, Lance Corporal, Highland Light Infantry, died of wounds in France, 21/2/1917, aged 21 years:-

Annan Cemetery, War Inscription

Annan War Memorial

Annan’s War Memorial is in the form of a soldier at ease with rifle.

The upper plinth is inscribed, “In memory of the men of the Burgh and Parish of Annan who fell in the Great War 1914 – 1918,” the lower “1939 – 45” and “Glorious their fate.”

War Memorial, Annan.

From east. Great War names on upper plinth. World War 2 names and inscription, “Splendid Their Doom” on lower plinth. “Lest We Forget” picked out in iron rail surround at bottom:-

Annan, War Memorial

Reverse of memorial. Great War names on upper plinth. Second World War names on lower plinth plus inscription, “Honour them, and weep not.”

Reverse Annan War Memorial

From west. Upper plinth bears Great War names, the lower has World War 2 names and the inscription, “Give them praise not pity,” with “Lest We Forget” on the iron surround rail:

War Memorial, Annan from West.

This bench, which seems to have been erected by Annan Community Council, lies near the War Memorial:-

War Memorial Bench, Annan

War Graves and War Death Commemorations, Upper Largo, Fife

The kirkyard in Upper Largo (Largo and Newburn Parish Church, see previous post,) has two War Graves and two war commemorations.

To left. In memory of John Patrick Oliphant Russell, Captain, Royal Artillery, died of wounds in Italy, 7/9/1944. Buried at Gradara, Italy:-

War Death Commemoration Upper Largo Kirkyard 1>

Ralph Frederick Baxter, 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Sussex Regiment, killed in action, France, 25/9/1915, aged 18 and John Edward Baxter, 2nd Lieutenant, Scots Guards, killed in action in Italy, 16/10/1944, aged 19:-

War Deaths Commemoration Upper Largo Kirkyard

Serjeant T Simpson, Pioneer Coprs, formerly Royal Artillery, 10/8/1946, aged 46:-

War Grave, Upper Largo Kirkyard

Lower Inscription. In loving memory of Thomas Simpson, died 10th August, 1946:-

Lower Inscription War Grave Upper Largo Kirkyard

Lieutenant W A Freeborn, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, HMS Victory, 31/7/1944:-

Upper Largo Kirkyard War Grave

We took a diffeent way home from normal and had this unusual view of East and West Lomond, Fife’s highest hills from the Star (Star of Markinch) road:-

Two Lomonds in Fife

History Bookshelf Travelling for Insane times

Another entry for Judith, Reader in the Wilderness‘s meme.

This bookcase is in our living room. Top shelf is Miltary History with my extensive collection of Pan’s “British Battles” series and more. The second shelf contains more Military History, books by Primo Levi plus some novels, the third is a miscellany, some omnibus editions, hard back Hilary Mantel books plus at the extreme right books on International Exhibitions:-

History Books (and some more)

The books below are in a display cabinet. These are mostly about World Wars 1 and 2 but also there is Thomas Pakenham’s The Boer War:-

History Books

Same display cabinet. Churchill’s History of the English Speaking Peoples, Conan Doyle’s The British Campaign in Flanders and Son of the Morning Star.

More History Books

Memorial Benches, Seaham, County Durham

Clustered round Seaham’s War Memorial on Terrace Green are three benches commemorating those who served in the World Wars:-

War Memorial Bench, Seaham

Seaham, War Memorial Bench

Second World War Memorial Bench, Seaham

Close by the War Memorial is this box for the laying of crosses and poppies in remembrance:-

Box for Crosses and Poppies,Seaham

Seaham was once a mining village. A fourth bench rerpresents scenes from mining life. It has struck me that this may be in memory of the Bevin Boys, men conscripted during World War 2, not into the armed forces but to mine coal. Some of these also died during their service but they are not usually commemorated on war memorials. To my mind they ought to be.

mining Memorial Bench, Seaham

Seaham War Memorial

Seaham’s War Memorial is also on Terrace Green, near the statue of Tommy.

It’s a Celtic Cross with the column inscribed, “In grateful memory of our fellow townsmen who fell in the Great War and the World War,” and on the plinth, “for past, present and future conflicts.”

Seaham War Memorial From town

From seaward:-

Seaham War Memorial From Seaward

Inscription on the War Memorial’s base. To, “The immortal dead.”

Seaham War Memorial

Underneath the “for past” inscription, “1914-1918” (or “1914-1919”) – the wreath obscured the last number:-

Seaham War Memorial, Great War

Second World War:-

Seaham War Memorial, World War 2

War Memorial, Burnopfield, County Durham

Burnopfield is a village in County Durham, Northeast England. We passed through it on a trip to see Gibside last year and happened on its War Memorial by the side of the road. A granite obelisk, on first sight the memorial seems to be for the Great War only but there are World War 2 names on it:-

War Memorial Burnopfield

Dedications. “In thankful recognition of the men who gave their services and in grateful memory of those who gave their lives in THE GREAT WAR. Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. Erected by the people of Burnopfield and District.”:-

Dedications, Burnopfield War Memorial

War Memorial, Burnopfield

Burnopfield War Memorial

Whitburn War Memorial

Whitburn is a small village just to the north of Sunderland in Tyne and Wear, England. The War Memorial – for Marsden District – is a granite obelisk.

Whitburn War Memorial

Great War Dedication. The names below – obscured by wreaths – will be for World War 2:-

Whitburn War Memorial Great War Dedication

Memorial from east:-

War Memorial, Whitburn from East

Reverse of Memorial:-

Reverse, Whitburn War Memorial

Marsden District Dedication:-

War Memorial, Whitburn, Marsden District Dedicationn

Memorial from west:-

Whitburn War Memorial From West

Tynemouth War Memorial

Tynemouth, as its name suggests, lies at the mouth of the River Tyne in Tyne and Wear, Northeast England, on the river’s northern bank.

Its War Memorial is situated in a small park-like area between Huntingdon Place and Front Street, Tynemouth’s War memorial has an unusual construction with four curved columns built of granite. The facing column has a downward pointing sword piercing a wreath with, below, the inscription, “To the glory of god and in memory of our fallen 1914 -1918 1939 – 1945.”

Tynemouth War Memorial

West aspect. I assume the upper names are for the Great War and the lower for World War 2:-

War Memorial, Tynemouth, West Aspect

North aspect:-

Tynemouth War Memorial, North Aspect

East aspect:-

East Aspect, Tynemouth War Memorial

Vera

So, Vera Lynn has died.

I suppose it’s too much to hope that that will mean the Second World War is finally over and will no longer be invoked by those trying to make some spurious point about contempoorary life. It was 75 years ago after all.

Oh, well.

A flavour of this sentiment colours this Pink Floyd Track from The Final Cut.

Pink Floyd: Vera

Perhaps not, then.

Lynn is repeatedly referred to as the Forces’ Sweetheart but I have it on good authority that isn’t quite true – at least for the rank and file. When she was on tour giving concerts she spent most of her time with officers. As a result, more popular among the ordinary soldier was the much lesser heralded Anne Shelton.

Still, print the legend, eh?

But at least Lynn didn’t forget the Fourteenth Army and actually visited Burma.

Most people – not least the BBC – no doubt opted for We’ll Meet Again to mark her passing. This one’s slightly less sentimental.

Vera Lynn: A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

Vera Margaret Lynch (Vera Lynn;) 20/3/1917 – 18/6/2020. So it goes.

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