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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

War Memorials, Peterborough Cathedral

In St Sprite’s Chapel are these memorials (left) to members of the King’s School Peterborough (Scola Regia Petraburgensis) who lost their lives in World War 2 and (right) to members of St Peter’s Training College who died in the Great War:-

Peterborough Cathedral, World War 2 Memorial

Rolls of honour:-

Second World War Memorial, Peterborough Cathedral

There is also a memorial to Edith Cavell, the British nurse executed by the Germans in 1915 for helping Allied soldiers to escape:-

Edith Cavell, Peterborough Cathedral

Memorials at Bletchley Park

The codebreakers at Bletchley Park were indebted to the Polish secret service for helping break the Enigma code and for smuggling an Enigma machine to them just as war broke out.

At the entrance to the courtyard of houses seen in yesterday’s post lies a memorial to three of these Polish contributors. In Polish and English it commemorates, “the work of Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Różycki and Henryk Zygalski, mathematicians of the Polish intelligence service, in first breaking the Enigma code. Their work greatly assisted the Bletchley Park code breakers and contributed to the Allied victory in World War II.”

Polish Memorial, Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park, Polish Memorial

Nearer the main museum building is this memorial to those who worked at Bletchley Park. The letters read, “WE ALSO SERVED.”

Memorial, Bletchley Park

Reverse of memorial:-

Bletchley Park Memorial

Pigeon War Heroes

World War 2 wasn’t all technology driven.

One of the exhibits at Bletchley Park featured the contribution pigeons made to message carrying.

The pigeons were parachuted into occupied Europe using contraptions like this:-

Pigeon Parachute, Bletchley Park

Information board:-

Pigeon Information Board, Bletchley Park

Memorial to a pigeon winner of a gallantry medal. They also served:-

Pigeon Post Poster, Bletchley Park

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