Saturday, 31 January 2015

Harold Edward Whitfield won the Victoria Cross in Egypt in 1918.

 Oswestry Cemetery, Oswestry, Shropshire
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It took us a total of 6 man-hours to survey this cemetery on a lovely sunny day. We found 7 ladies who died aged 100 or older but not a single man who had reached this landmark. Many of the military graves had been maintained to a very high standard but just a few in one corner of the site seem to have been overlooked.
 
 
Harold Edward Whitfield won the Victoria Cross in Egypt in 1918. 
 
Visited - March 2011

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The word "Rememberance" should be spelled "Remembrance".

 Shobdon Cemetery, Shobdon, Herefordshire
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This was a neat cemetery beside the main road.
 
 
 The word "Rememberance" should be spelled "Remembrance". 
 
Visited - July 2014

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John Martin Jones and his son Evan Jones lost their lives in separate accidents at sea

St David, Henfynyw, Ceredigion, Wales 
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This cemetery had a large number of memorials to sailors who had been "lost at sea".


John Martin Jones and his son Evan Victor Jones lost their lives in separate accidents at sea. The S.S. Australier was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine six miles SW of Dungeness on 29th April 1918. Five men died, the captain survived. 
 
Visited - August 2013

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

The Bishop of Hereford has been informed of this cultural vandalism.

St Lawrence, Stretton Grandison, Herefordshire 
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The church probably occupies the site of a former Saxon timbered building, which was rebuilt in Norman times of tufa and some stone. There is evidence of this early build in the first stage of the tower. It was rebuilt using local sandstone in the 14th century by the Grandison family, in the Decorated style.
 
 
 Against fierce opposition St Lawrence, Stretton Grandison has been awarded first prize in the "least respectful churchyard in Herefordshire" competition. The Bishop of Hereford has been informed of this cultural vandalism. 
 
Visited - September 2014

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Old Style (O.S.) was used to show that a date was being reported in the Julian calendar rather than in the Gregorian.

 St Chad, Hamner, Wrexham
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This was a lovely location - on a hill looking down over Hamner Mere.
 
 
 Old Style (O.S.) was used to show that a date was being reported in the Julian calendar rather than in the Gregorian. In England the change-over took place in 1752.
 
Visited - March 2014

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James died in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp.

 St Peter, Arnesby, Leicestershire
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It is disappointing and rather disrespectful that part of this graveyard has become so overgrown that some of the graves cannot be accessed.
 
 
James died in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp. 
 
Visited - June 2010

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Five year old Joyce McClelland was drowned in 1952.

Barnoon Cemetery, St Ives, Cornwall  
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We surveyed this cemetery in two visits - one before breakfast and one between breakfast and meeting up with family members at 10:30AM. What dedication!
 
 
Five year old Joyce McClelland was drowned in 1952.  
 
Visited - June 2014

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