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Sunday, 26 April 2015


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In the village hall where we do yoga there is a Great War memorial with the names of three sons from the same family. Imagine losing three sons - brings it home to you.

Even worse, Uncle, is the church in Wimborne in which is recorded the unbelievable tragedy of the war-time vicar who lost five sons during WWII! That must have been a test of faith as well as sanity. Although I am an agnostic I do hope he retained both.

David I have convinced my wife that cemeteries are a great source of history. I recall that Blair wanted to allow more burials in a plot after around seventy years. Do not know what happened to that idea. I attend to three plots in one Glesga east end cemetery and one in another. 23 ancestors in total going back to around 1820. Sadly three of the four have been vandalised and it a case of just a marker. The last buried was my uncle Frank who being a bit blind was with the home guard armed with a golf club and claimed he was in Eaglesham Moor when Herman the German parachuted in to make an offer.
He was probably in the Eaglesham Inn spending his vouchers!

Although we don't have your history in Australia I do find old cemeteries extremely interesting.
The pioneer cemetery in Cairns has many sad stories.... "Killed by blacks", "Drowned while crossing river", etc.
The saddest are those of the young women, say, 26 years old and 4 or 5 babies buried alongside them.
The best of times and the worst of times.

Thanks, JK, a very pungent summary.

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