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War Memorials and Grave, Wooler Church

On the way back up from Peterborough we stopped at Wooler in Northumberland (Northumbria as was.) It’s one of our favourite places.

It being 2018 the local church was hosting an exhibition on the aniversary of the Great War’s end, featuring photographs and information about local lads who had served.

The church itself contained two War Memorials – one was a Roll of Honour for Wooler Church School, inscribed at top, “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.”

War Memorial for Wooler Church School

The other was dedicated to members of the congregation. There were two name boards, the first inscribed, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men of …” The inscription carries on to the next board.

Wooler Church War Memorial

Inscription carried on from previous board, “… the Parish of Wooler who gave their lives in the Great War AD, 1914-19.”
Next board says, “In memory of those who fell in the Second World War 1939-45.”

War Memorial Wooler Church

Stained glass in church:-

Stained Glass, Wooler Church

Grave of J Stothert, Tyneside Irish Northumberland Fusiliers, 12/8/1917, aged 45:-

War Grave, Wooler

War Graves, Dunning

In St Serf’s churchyard, Dunning (see previous post,) there are two Commonwealth War Graves

Lance Corporal W L Crowe, 5th Battalion, Australian Infantry, 6/7/1918, aged 24:-

War Grave, Dunning, Strathearn

Corporal A G Small, Army Catering Corps, 15/12/1944, aged 22:-

Dunning War Grave

In the churchyard another gravestone commemorates William Duncan, 1st Scots Guards, died of wounds in France, 13/12/1916 aged 32:-

War Death Commemoration Dunning

A plaque in St Serf’s itself remembers Major Norman Chetwynd Rollo, KOSB, died of wounds in Belgium, September, 1944, aged 28:-

War Memorial Plaque, St Serf's, Dunning

A burn runs through the village and under the main road. It forms a backstop to the foot of this garden:-

Burn, Tree and Garden, Dunning

War Graves, Newburgh

I have posted about Newburgh before, but I hadn’t visited its cemetery until in August 2018 I found four graves each with a possible war link.

Regulating Petty Officer A S Anderson, RN, HMS St George, 14/5/1944, aged 43:-

War Grave, Newburgh Cemetery

Corporal J MacNaughton RAF, 8/9/1946, aged 28:-

Newburgh War Grave

Private J Blyth, The Black Watch, 3/1/1915:-

Great War Grave, Newburgh

An unusual one this. It has a Commonwealth War Graves style headstone but is inscribed, “Alexander Ilytch Shenkman, born Moscow 29/11/1923, died Newburgh 21/2/2004.”:-

Grave Newburgh

Seaforth Cemetery (Cheddar Villa,) Sint-Juliann, Belgium

Originally called Cheddar Villa after the name given by the army to the farm on the site this lies 5 kilometres northwest of Ypres on the N313 road leading to Bruges. It’s now called Seaforth Cemetery at the request of the Seaforth Highlanders as more than 100 of the 148 burials were from the regiment’s 2nd Battalion.

Exterior, Seaforth Cemetery St Julien, Belgium

Seaforth Cemetery, Cheddar Villa

Wall dedicated to the men of the 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, 99 of whom are buried in the cemetery plus 23 others who also died in the attack on St Julien on 25/4/1915 and 25/4/1915.

Dedication Wall, Seaforth Cemetery, St Julien, Belgium

Cemetery interior:-

Seaforth Cemetery Interior

More headstones:-

Graves, Seaforth Cemetery

Most of the headstones do not mark individual graves. “The 75 non-commissioned officers and men buried in this grave are commemorated by headstones erected against the left hand wall of this cemetery.”

Memorial Stone, Seaforth Cemetery

“The18 non-commissioned officers and men buried in this grave are commemorated by headstones erected against the right hand wall of this cemetery.”

Seaforth Cemetery, Memorial Stone

War Graves and Dedications in Whithorn

Whithorn Priory and Whithorn Parish Church are surrounded by a cemetery in which there are some Commonwealth War Graves.

Staff Serjt W B Arnott, Royal Army Medical Corps, 15/12/1915, aged 32:-

War Grave, Whithorn

Private J Irvine MM, Labour Corps, 19/2/1920, aged 34:-

Whithorn War Grave

Private P Whalley, The King’s Liverpool Regt, 19/10/1918:-

Whithorn War Grave

Thomas Drape Clark killed in action near Arras, France, 23/4/1917, aged 36:-

War Death  Dedication, Whithorn

John Norman Brown, 2nd Lieut, Border Regt, lost at sea in the Great War:-

Whithorn, War Death Dedication

Groups of War Graves, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

J C Brydon, Air Mechanic 2nd class RN, HMS Sparrowhawk, 12/4/1945 age 19 and E J Chilcott, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, 25/8/1945, age 20:-

War Graves, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

There are 15 war graves in this photograph:-

Group of War Graves War Graves, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Second Lieutenant B Holmes, Royal Field Artillery, 9/11/1918, and fourteen others:-

More War Graves, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Lieutenant W H Franke, General list, 10/12/1919, Second Lieutenant C H Lone, Highland Light Infantry, 19/2/1918, Second Lieutenant D H Cheers, East Sussex Regiment attached Royal Air Force, 17/4/1918, age 17, plus others in background and one to side:-

War Grave Group, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Second Lieutenant H M Armstrong, Royal Flying Corps, 14/11/1917, age 21, Captain C F Collett, MC, 23/12/1917, age 31, Second Lieutenant G W Macallister, Royal Air Force, 17/8/1918, age 20, Second Lieutenant E F Hughes, Royal Flying Corps, 14/11/1917, age 24, Second Lieutenant R E McKiel, 6/9/1918, age 21. Reverse of another memorial stone behind:-

Six War Graves, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Lieutenant L R Joseph, Royal Flying Corps, 23/4/1917, age 18. Another war grave behind and five others in background:-

Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh, War Graves

Commonwealth War Graves, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

With the exception of Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery on Hoy, Comely Bank Cemetery in Edinburgh may possibly contain the most Commonwealth War Graves in one location anywhere in Scotland. 301 servicemen are buried here, from both wars. Its location near a hospital (or two) no doubt contributed to that.

Unusually the memorial stones in the Great War section are laid flat:-

Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh, War Graves

Flat memorial stones. The Stone of Remembrance is to the left here behind the shrubs:-

Flat Memorial Stones, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

More flat memorial stones:-

More Flat Memorial Stones, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh, More Flat Memorial Stones

Memorial Stones, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

All these flat stones commemorate more than one serviceman:-

Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh, Memorial Stones

Stone of Remembrance. It is inscribed, “1914-1918 1939-1945. To the honoured memory of his Majesty’s forces who gave their lives for their country and who lie buried in this cemetery. The following are not commemorated elsewhere. Private R Brines, Middlesex Regiment. 19/1 1920, Private A Brown, Highland Light Infantry, 9/1/1920, Private Jackson Robb, Royal Scots, 30/8/1921.”

Stone of Remembrance, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Information board:-

Commonweath War Graves Commission Information Board

War Graves, Peterhead

These graves were in the churchyard which lies behind Peterhead’s War Memorials (see previous posts.)

Sub-Lieutenant K S Roberts N Z Naval Volunteer Reserve, 7/6/1944, aged 22:-

War Grave, Peterhead

Gunners W Gawthorpe and S E Thomson, Maritime Regiment Royal Artillery, both 25/1/1942, S E Thomson aged 22. A Rogers, Trimmer, Merchant Navy, 12/3/1942, aged 24:-

War Graves, Peterhead Cemetery

This stone commemorates those known to be buried in Peterhead Churchyard but not marked by separate headstones. 15 known Great War dead. Two Great War and one Second World War unknown dead:-

Peterhead War Graves Memorial

Unknown fisherman given back by the sea 16/1/1943:-

Possible War Grave, Peterhead

Gravestone, “Erected by Alexander Stephen in loving memory of his sons who fell during the great European War, George who was killed at sea 15/2/1918 and is interred here and John who was killed at Arras 15/2/1917 aged 20.”

Great  War Grave, Peterhead

War Grave, Holy Trinity Church, Pitlochry

I must have passed this church building, of the Scottish Episcopal Church, twenty or so times at least. It wasn’t till October 2017 I noticed the Commonwealth War Graves sign on the gate.

Its grounds are lovely with a burn running through them.

Burn in Churchyard, Holy Trinity Church, Pitlochry

It contained one war grave quite near the entrance and close to the burn. Bombardier J Ward, Royal Garrison Artillery, 7/1/1915, aged 35:-

War Grave, Holy Trinity Church, Pitlochry

Here’s a video of the church and its grounds:-

St Julien Dressing Station Cemetery

Situated just by the side of the N313 road and its junction with the Felix Nadarstraat in St Julien (Sint-Juliaan,) West Flanders, Belgium, the cemetery contains 248 graves. It lies only a kilometre or so from the Canadian war memorial known as the Brooding Soldier.

Cemetery gates:-

St Julien Dressing Station Cemetery Gates

As can be inferred from the above view and this one of the graves this is yet another “corner of a foreign field”:-

St Julien Dressing Station Cemetery Graves

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