CWGC Cemeteries **updated 25/06**

CWGC Cemeteries **updated 25/06**

Postby SuffolkBlue on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 3:23 pm

Over the last couple of years I've tried to visit various CWGC cemeteries across the UK and mainland Europe. Although I haven't been to too many so far, here are a few pics from some of my visits.

While driving back to Calais from the Reims area in Northern France back in 2015, I paid a brief visit to Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery at Souchez. This is a stones throw away from the incredible Vimy Memorial. The cemetery contains more than 7,650 burials of units that served in this sector including British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Indian and South African forces.

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Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France - August 2015 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France - August 2015 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France - August 2015 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France - August 2015 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France - August 2015 by Chris Day, on Flickr

I had a road trip down to Hampshire / East Sussex in December 2016 to visit the Gatwick Aviation Museum, Tangmere Avation Museum and Solent Sky (it was a rushed day!), but i manged to grab 15 mins or so at St. Andrew’s Church, Tangmere. The churchyard is close to the site of the former R.A.F. Aerodrome and was used for the burial of airmen from this station both before and after the Second World War. There are 39 Commonwealth burials from this conflict, all airmen, 1 of whom is unidentified. There are 13 Luftwaffe burials here, 1 of whom is unidentified. The majority of these airmen were killed during the Battle of Britain.

Buried here are 3 crew members from a Do 217-E4. On February 10th 1943 29 aircraft from KG2 and II/KG40 squadrons set out on nuisance raids against the UK. These included one or two Dornier 217s making low level attacks, thus avoiding British radar. Sixteen places were attacked including Reading, Midhurst and Horsham. One Do217 of 5/KG40 was shot down by Anti Aircraft fire at Saltdean, Brighton.
The plane thought responsible for bombing Chichester was hit by light anti aircraft fire near Tangmere and crashed in fields near to The Royal Oak at Lagness, south of Chichester.
All four of the crew died in the crash, one Obergefreiter Josef Eitenauer age 25 is buried in Chichester Cemetery. The others, Oberfeldwebel Erich Dohring, Oberleutnant Hans Kleeman and Unteroffizier Gunther Ladwig are interred here.

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St. Andrew’s Church - Tangmere, Thursday 29th December 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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St. Andrew’s Church - Tangmere, Thursday 29th December 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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St. Andrew’s Church - Tangmere, Thursday 29th December 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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St. Andrew’s Church - Tangmere, Thursday 29th December 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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St. Andrew’s Church - Tangmere, Thursday 29th December 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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St. Andrew’s Church - Tangmere, Thursday 29th December 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On 16th August, RAF Tangmere was the target of a massed attack by Ju87 Stuka's accompanied by Me109's & Me110's. Thirty people died in the attack and there was substantial damage but the airfield was fully operational again within days. Some of those who died in the attack are buried here.

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St. Andrew’s Church - Tangmere, Thursday 29th December 2016 by Chris Day, on Flickr


There was quite a big gap before visiting my next CWGC cemetery, which was again down on the South coast in Kent in the summer of 2017. After first visiting the Battle of Britain Memorial and the museum at Hawkinge, i dropped into the cemetery just down the road from the old airfield site.

Most of the 96 Second World War casualties buried here are airmen, with about a quarter killed during the Battle of Britain. Most of the war graves are in a special plot east of the chapel, including 59 German graves, which are together in a group at the south-eastern corner.

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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr


Flight Lieutenant A.D.Wagner,

D.F.C. London Gazette 5.3.1943.

In all his combats this officer has displayed great determination and resource. During a patrol over this country one night in 1941 he sighted a Heinkel 111 but, whilst making his attack, his turret became jammed with his guns in the beam position. Despite this, he closed in on the enemy aircraft and, by skilfully manoeuvring his aircraft, he fired his guns from their rigid position and shot down the enemy aircraft down. Flying Officer Wagner continued his patrol and sighted another enemy aircraft which he attacked and damaged by similar tactics. This officer has rendered valuable service in the Middle East and, while in Ceylon, he destroyed 2 Japanese bombers.

Bar to the D.F.C. London Gazette 28.4.1944.

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has completed very many sorties at night and has displayed skill, gallantry and devotion to duty of a high order. One night in March, 1944, whilst over enemy territory, Flight Lieutenant Wagner engaged first a Focke Wulf 190 and then two Messerschmidt 410's all of which he shot down. In the last of these flights, Flight Lieutenant Wagner pressed home his attack at such close range that his aircraft was enveloped in burning petrol and oil which obscured the windscreen and burned the outer covering of the fuselage and the tail unit. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Wagner intercepted another enemy aircraft which he attacked with damaging effect. He has now destroyed a further 4 enemy aircraft, all of them at night.


Flight Lieutenant Alan Derek Wagner was from Croydon, he was educated at Whitgift School. He joined 151 Squadron at Digby in October 1940. Whilst flying a Defiant on the night of April 8th 1941 he sighted an He 111 and attacked but his gun turret jammed in the beam position. By skilful manoeuvring he enabled his gunner to shoot the enemy aircraft down and damage another later in the patrol. He was commissioned in May 1941 he joined 30 Squadron in the Western Desert later in the year and sailed with it to Ceylon in February 1942, in HMS 'Indomitable'. When the Japanese made their carrier based attack on Colombo on April 5 Wagner destroyed two of their bombers. Later in the year he returned to the UK and rejoined 151 Squadron, then at Wittering.

In October he was posted to 605 Squadron at Bradwell Bay. He destroyed an unidentified enemy aircraft on December 23, damaged another on February 4 1944 and on March 5 he destroyed a FW 190 and two Me 410s, one of which he attacked at such close range that his Mosquito was enveloped in burning oil and petrol, damaging the outer skin.

He was killed on the 17th July 1944, as a Flight Lieutenant with 108 Squadron, aged 29, pursuing a VI he crashed into the ground.
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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Harry Davies Edwards, of Winnipeg, Canada joined the RAF on a short service commission in January 1939. He was posted in May to 13 FTS, Drem and with training completed went to 92 Squadron at Tangmere in October 1939. The squadron went to France after the German attack on 10th May and on the 23rd Edwards claimed a Ju88 destroyed and two Me109’s and a Me110 as probables. On the 24th he claimed a probable Me109 and on 2nd June a He111 destroyed. On 4th July he shared in shooting down another He111.

Edwards was shot down and killed in combat with Me109’s on 11th September 1940. His Spitfire, P9464, crashed into a wood at Evegate Manor Farm, Smeeth. The wreck was not discovered until 7th October.
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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Me 109E-1 Black 2 flown by Obltn Friedrich Butterweck of 1/JG26 exploded over Standard Hill Farm, Elham on 12 August 1940. This was credited to P/O Henry KF Matthews of 54 Squadron over Ashford at 08.30, with another claim made for a probable second 8m northwest of Dover in the morning. The Luftwaffe pilot was found dead in a field.
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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Hawkinge Cemetery - Folkestone, Saturday 26th August 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr



Thanks for looking and i'll update this topic over the next few days.
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries

Postby SuffolkBlue on Wed 20 Jun 2018, 9:36 am

While spending a long weekend in Gibraltar, I visited the CWGC plot at the North Front Cemetery, located right next to the airport.

The cemetery was used throughout the First World War for the burial of sailors and soldiers who died on ships passing Gibraltar, or in the Military Hospital. These are scattered in the different divisions of the cemetery. Twenty-three burials belong to H.M.S. "Britannia," sunk by a submarine off Cape Trafalgar on the 9th November 1918. There are also many graves of merchant sailors who died during the war from natural causes. The majority of the men who lost their lives while at Gibraltar during the Second World War are buried here. Most of their graves are in two adjacent plots at the northern end of the cemetery, but some are also scattered in other parts.

The majority of the headstones are laid horizontally, which I believe is the norm for cemeteries located near earthquake fault lines (although there is a plot with vertically laid headstones)
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Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery - Gibraltar, Monday 4th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery - Gibraltar, Monday 4th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery - Gibraltar, Monday 4th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 30th June 1940, a Martin Maryland with 4 French pilots from Casablanca landed at El Polo in Campamento on the Spanish side of the frontier and the crew asked if they were in Gibraltar. After learning that they were not, they took off and headed south. Shortly after 17.00hrs whilst it was manoeuvring to land, it was shot down by machine-gun fire, which came from the Spanish Barracks of San Felipe in La Linea. The plane crashed into the sea at Western Beach, the crew were all killed. They were Captain Leforestier Jacques de Vendeuvre, Lieutenant Jean-Pierre Berger, Sous-Lieutenant Duplessis and Sous-Lieutenant Robert Weil. These were the first deaths of the Free French Forces in the Second World War

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Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery - Gibraltar, Monday 4th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery - Gibraltar, Monday 4th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Rear Admiral E.K Boddam-Whetham fell ill with smallpox on 13 March, 1944 and was landed at Gibraltar. He passed away on the 27th March.
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Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery - Gibraltar, Monday 4th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On 4 July 1943, Władysław Sikorski, 1st Prime Minister of the Polish Government in Exile, was returning from an inspection of Polish forces deployed in the Middle East, was killed, together with his daughter, his Chief of Staff, Tadeusz Klimecki, and seven others, when his plane, a Liberator II crashed into the sea 16 seconds after takeoff from Gibraltar Airport. The crash was attributed to cargo on the plane shifting to the back upon takeoff. Only the pilot, Eduard Prchal, survived the crash.

4 of those who lost their lives are also buried here

Jan Gralewsk was a Home Army Courier
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Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery - Gibraltar, Monday 4th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Brigadier John Percival Whiteley was MP for Buckingham at the time of crash
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Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery - Gibraltar, Monday 4th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Colonel Victor Alexander Cazalet MP was the liaison officer to Sikorski
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Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery - Gibraltar, Monday 4th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery - Gibraltar, Monday 4th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries

Postby sdad on Wed 20 Jun 2018, 11:52 am

Do you know why those last few have the name above the insignia? Also, is there any reason for the pebbles instead of grass or paving?
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries

Postby Brevet Cable on Wed 20 Jun 2018, 12:13 pm

Surprised to see the gravestone of the unknown Canadian soldier whose remains were repatriated in 2000...not something that happens very often. wonder what the reason was?

The German graves in the UK also illustrates the difference between different areas - where I live the German - and other enemy - remains from both World Wars tended to be buried in unmarked graves in the churchyards...and in the case of those in WW2, the funeral director responsible for dealing with them didn't keep written records of any of interments so nobody knows exactly where they are in the graveyards or how many of them there are.
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries

Postby SuffolkBlue on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 9:17 am

sdad wrote:Do you know why those last few have the name above the insignia? Also, is there any reason for the pebbles instead of grass or paving?


I'm not too sure why the names are above the insignia. Maybe the Royal Artillery insignia is always incorporated into the cross, but i suspect an expert on the subject knows the answer!

The pebbles instead of grass is probably due to the local Mediterranean climate, which along with the Middle East CWGC sites, also have dry landscaping.

Brevet Cable wrote:Surprised to see the gravestone of the unknown Canadian soldier whose remains were repatriated in 2000...not something that happens very often. wonder what the reason was?


This was the grave selected for The Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial as the the Canadians who lost their lives and are buried here participated at Vimy Ridge. It was a project started by the Royal Canadian Legion as part of the Canada Millennium Partnership Program. Considering we selected the grave for our Unknown Warrior in 1920, i was surprised that the Canadians didn't follow suit soon after.
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Postby SuffolkBlue on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 10:29 am

I had been meaning to visiting Ypres and the surrounding area for a number of years and having a free day over the Christmas holidays, I tried to cram as much in as possible in just a day. After a 3am start from home, I made it to Tyne Cot just after 9am, after also visiting the German Cemetery at Langemark. The cold, damp and windy conditions really put it into perspective as to what it must have been like there 100 years before. It is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, for any war, with 11,965 burials of which an 8,369 are unnamed.

The name "Tyne Cot" is said to come from the Northumberland Fusiliers, seeing a resemblance between the many German concrete pill boxes on this site and typical Tyneside workers' cottages (Tyne cots). The cemetery lies on a broad rise in the landscape which overlooks the surrounding countryside. As such, the location was strategically important to both sides fighting in the area. The concrete shelters which still stand in various parts of the cemetery were part of a fortified German position, which played an important tactical role during the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

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Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery - Passendale, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery - Passendale, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery - Passendale, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Also at Tyne Cot, behind the Cross of Sacrifice which was constructed on top of an old German pillbox in the middle of the cemetery, there are 4 German graves, buried alongside the Commonwealth graves. These graves are of men that were treated here after the battle, when the pillbox underneath the main cross was used as a dressing station for wounded men.
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Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery - Passendale, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery - Passendale, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery - Passendale, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery - Passendale, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The stone wall surrounding the cemetery makes-up the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, one of several Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorials to the Missing along the Western Front. The UK missing lost in the Ypres Salient are commemorated at the Menin Gate memorial to the missing in Ypres and the Tyne Cot Memorial. Upon completion of the Menin Gate, builders discovered it was not large enough to contain all the names as originally planned. They selected an arbitrary cut-off date of 15 August 1917 and the names of the UK missing after this date were inscribed on the Tyne Cot memorial instead.

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Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery - Passendale, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing - Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Passendale, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Additionally, the New Zealand contingent of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission declined to have its missing soldiers names listed on the main memorials, choosing instead to have names listed on its own memorials near the appropriate battles. Tyne Cot was chosen as one of these locations. Unlike the other New Zealand memorials to its missing, the Tyne Cot New Zealand memorial to the missing is integrated within the larger Tyne Cot memorial, forming a central apse in the main memorial wall.

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Tyne Cot New Zealand Memorial to the Missing - Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Passendale, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The Rev Guy Spencer Bryan-Brown was instantaneously killed by a shell, whilst attending to the wounded outside an advanced Regimental aid post, and was buried near where he fell. His grave location is not known.
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Tyne Cot New Zealand Memorial to the Missing - Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Passendale, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

It was then just a short drive to the Sanctuary Wood Museum Hill 62 museum at Hooge, where the Sanctuary Wood Cemetery is also located. Sanctuary Wood itself was named by British troops in November 1914 when it was used to shelter troops. Fighting took place in it in September 1915 and it was fought over by Canadian and German soldiers during the Battle of Mount Sorrel in early June 1916. The majority of 1,989 graves here were from the battles around Ypres in 1914 and the Allied offensive in late 1917. Of these, 1,353 are unknown.
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Sanctuary Wood Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery - Hooge, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Sanctuary Wood Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery - Hooge, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Sanctuary Wood Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery - Hooge, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Sanctuary Wood Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery - Hooge, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Sanctuary Wood Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery - Hooge, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Sanctuary Wood Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery - Hooge, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

I then started to head towards Ypres, not before stopping at the Caterpillar Crater and Hill 60 in Zillebeke. There was still so much more to see but with the short daylight hours, i wanted to head to Ypres before dusk set it. The Ypres Town Cemetery and Extension is one of many CWGC sites throughout the town. The main cemetery and its extension were in use until 1915 and then used again in 1918. The extension was expanded by the concentration of graves from nearby small cemeteries and battlefield burials.The cemetery and extension were brought into use again in 1940, to receive the dead of Commonwealth forces retreating from the area as it fell to the Germans.

Between the two cemeteries and the two wars, 788 men are buried here. The sites are also used by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for its own permanent staff and their families, with alternative designs of headstones slightly set apart.

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Ypres Town Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Extension - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Ypres Town Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Extension - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Ypres Town Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Extension - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Prince Maurice of Battenberg was the youngest grandchild of Queen Victoria. He was known as Prince Maurice of Battenberg throughout his life, since he died before the British Royal Family relinquished their German titles during World War I and the Battenbergs changed their name to Mountbatten.

He took part in the retreat from Mons and survived a number of near misses, especially on the 7 October 1914 when a bullet from a German rifle passed through the peak of his cap. The men each side of him were hit, one fatally. His luck ran out on 27 October while leading an advance at Zonnebeke during the 1st Battle of Ypres, he was hit by shrapnel from a shell and died within minutes.
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Ypres Town Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Extension - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Ypres Town Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Extension - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Ypres Town Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Extension - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Ypres Town Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Extension - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Ypres Town Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Extension - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Ypres Town Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Extension - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The final destination was the of the day was Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown up to 15 August 1917. An incredible 54,896 names are listed. Pictures cannot do it justice.
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The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing - Ypres, Belgium, Friday 29th December 2017 by Chris Day, on Flickr

After staying to witness the Last Post @ 8pm and heading back to Calais, i eventually got home at 1am...a very long but very worthwhile day.





A little closer to home now and more recently....after spending the day the RAF Mildenhall I dropped by the St. John Churchyard in Beck Row, not too far away from the current main entrance to the base.

The 77 Second World War graves are all airmen from Bomber Commands time spent at the airfield.

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CWGC Beck Row (St. John) Churchyard - Beck Row, Mildenhall, Suffolk, Friday 11th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

In the early hours of the 11th March 1942 Stirling R9295 OJ-G “East India III” which was returning from operations to Essen. The controls of the aircraft were damaged by enemy action along with the inability to lower the undercarriage due to battle damage, the pilot F/O CL Pilkington was forced to make a belly landing on return. Unfortunately, he overshot and hit the trees at Holywell Row resulting in seven of the crew being killed and one injured.

S/L Coleman, was the first New Zealand born airman to gain a Bar to his Distinguished

F/O CL Pilkington : Pilot (killed)
S/L LW Coleman DFC & Bar : Pilot (killed)
Sgt. RA Shea : Flight Engineer (killed)
Sgt. DA Graham : Observer / Navigator (killed)
Sgt. J. Millichip : Air Bomber (killed)
Sgt. L Kowalski RCAF : Wireless Operator (killed)
Sgt. Harris : Air Gunner (injured)
Sgt. H. Skelton : Air Gunner (killed)

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CWGC Beck Row (St. John) Churchyard - Beck Row, Mildenhall, Suffolk, Friday 11th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Beck Row (St. John) Churchyard - Beck Row, Mildenhall, Suffolk, Friday 11th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Beck Row (St. John) Churchyard - Beck Row, Mildenhall, Suffolk, Friday 11th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On 28 November 1942, Pilot Offer R.H. Middleton was captain of Stirling BF372 detailed to bomb the Fiat aircraft works at Turin. It was his twenty-ninth combat sortie, one short of the thirty required for completion of a 'tour' and mandatory rotation off combat operations.

Middleton and his crew arrived above Turin after a difficult flight over the Alps, due to the low combat ceiling of the "bombed-up" and "fueled-up" Stirling. Over the target area Middleton had to make three low-level passes in order to positively identify the target; on the third, the aircraft was hit by heavy anti-aircraft fire which wounded both pilots and the wireless operator. Middleton suffered numerous grievous wounds, including shrapnel wounds to the arms, legs and body, having his right eye torn from its socket and his jaw shattered.

He passed out briefly, and his second pilot, Flight Sergeant L.A. Hyder, who was also seriously wounded, managed to regain control of the plunging plane at 800 feet and drop the bombs, before receiving first aid from the other crew. Middleton regained consciousness in time to help recover control of his stricken bomber. Middleton was in great pain, was barely able to see, was losing blood from wounds all over his body, and could breathe only with difficulty. He must have known that his own chances of survival were slim, but he nonetheless determined to fly his crippled aircraft home, and return his crew to safety. During the return flight he frequently said over the intercom "I'll make the English Coast. I'll get you home". After four hours of agony and having been further damaged by flak over France, Middleton reached the coast English coast with five minutes of fuel reserves. At this point he turned the aircraft parallel to the coast and ordered his crew to bail out. Five of his crew did so and landed safely, but his front gunner and flight engineer remained with him to try to talk him into a forced landing on the coast, something he must have known would have risked extensive civilian casualties. He steered the aircraft out over the sea, off Dymchurch, and ordered the last two crew to bail out. They then too bailed out, but did not survive the night in the English Channel. Middleton stayed with the aircraft, which crashed into the Channel. His body was washed ashore on 1 February 1943.

The last line of his Victoria Cross citation reads: "His devotion to duty in the face of overwhelming odds is unsurpassed in the annals of the Royal Air Force".
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CWGC Beck Row (St. John) Churchyard - Beck Row, Mildenhall, Suffolk, Friday 11th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Beck Row (St. John) Churchyard - Beck Row, Mildenhall, Suffolk, Friday 11th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Beck Row (St. John) Churchyard - Beck Row, Mildenhall, Suffolk, Friday 11th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries

Postby reheat module on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 6:56 pm

Lovely images, wonderful stories and respectfully done.
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries

Postby The Baron on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 7:15 pm

I completely agree with Reheat. I've been to some of those cemeteries myself. Please keep it up and help to keep their stories alive.
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries

Postby Berf on Fri 22 Jun 2018, 8:39 pm

Very interesting - would be nice if it was possible to make this a general post and we could all add tributes and images
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries

Postby AlexC on Sat 23 Jun 2018, 11:59 am

Very interesting post. I visited Tyne Cot some ten years ago or so now looking for my great-uncle's name (he has no head-stone as he has no known grave) which I found eventually. Amazing place, although I was a little put out by a number of visiting school children who were showing no respect for the place at all, and their teacher didn't seem too bothered about their behaviour either.
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries

Postby SuffolkBlue on Sat 23 Jun 2018, 6:22 pm

Thanks for the comments and anyone is more then welcome to share their own pictures in this thread, the more the merrier.

I managed to squeeze in a couple of visits to CWGC sites on a recent trip to Duxford, the first being Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth Cemetery. There are 3 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 44 Second, of which all are RAF personal from RAF Bassingbourn

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CWGC Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth Cemetery - Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire, Saturday 12th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth Cemetery - Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire, Saturday 12th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth Cemetery - Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire, Saturday 12th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth Cemetery - Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire, Saturday 12th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth Cemetery - Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire, Saturday 12th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The second site visit of the day was SS. Mary and Andrew Churchyard at Whittlesford, where most of the burials are from those personal stationed at RAF Duxford. You can't tell from the pictures but the churchyard was very overgrown so it resulted in very soggy feet to get to CWGC plot, but as always, this was immaculately kept.
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CWGC Whittlesford (SS. Mary and Andrew) Churchyard - Cambridgeshire, Saturday 12th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Whittlesford (SS. Mary and Andrew) Churchyard - Cambridgeshire, Saturday 12th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Flying Officer Roger Pridgin Teale of 19 Sqn was killed when his Armstrong Whitworth Siskin stalled on a gliding turn over the airfield.
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CWGC Whittlesford (SS. Mary and Andrew) Churchyard - Cambridgeshire, Saturday 12th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Flight Lieutenant George Anthony Fielding Bucknall, also of 19 Squadron, was 28 years old when he too crashed fatally in an Armstrong Whitworth Siskin after failing to recover from a dive.
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Before the first Evening Airshow of the year at Old Warden, i quickly stopped by St. Mary's Churchyard at Henlow.
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CWGC Henlow (St. Mary) Churchyard - Saturday 19th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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Re: CWGC Cemeteries

Postby The Baron on Sat 23 Jun 2018, 7:28 pm

AlexC wrote:Very interesting post. I visited Tyne Cot some ten years ago or so now looking for my great-uncle's name (he has no head-stone as he has no known grave) which I found eventually. Amazing place, although I was a little put out by a number of visiting school children who were showing no respect for the place at all, and their teacher didn't seem too bothered about their behaviour either.


Unfortunately that tends to happen more often than not with the big and we'll known cemeteries. ILast weekend I stopped at the American cemetery at Omaha beach and the feeling was of a tourist attraction. I much prefer the smaller cemeteries - less people, more personal and a whole lot more atmosphere.
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries **updated 23/06**

Postby SuffolkBlue on Sat 23 Jun 2018, 8:18 pm

Before the Duxford May Airshow, I managed to visit a couple more local CWGC sites. The Cambridge City Cemetery is one of the biggest CWGC cemeteries in the UK, with 181 burials of the First World War and 829 from the Second World War. I arrived here around 6.30am and peaceful is an understatement!

The 1st Eastern General Hospital was posted to Cambridge during the First World War, initially at the Leys School and Trinity College, later in huts. The First World War burials in the cemetery are mostly in two plots, one in the southern part of the burial ground, known as the Dominion Plot, and the other on the northern boundary. Those buried in the cemetery succumbed to their injures at the hospital.

The hospital was mobilised on the 5th August 1914, the day after war was declared, and preparations for construction began at once. When fully built, it consisted of 24 wards of 60 beds each, in two rows of 12, with a central spine containing passageways, baths and toilets.

When the inflow of patients exceeded the capacity of the huts, as happened particularly during the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the over-flow were housed in marquees, until space could be made in the huts by transferring recovering patients to one of the numerous Red Cross convalescent hospitals located in large private houses, either in Cambridge itself or in one of the surrounding villages. Including the patients, doctors, nurses, orderlies and other staff, a local newspaper described it as a village of 2,000 people - and this was a low estimate.

Because of the absence of records, it is not known how many patients were treated in the hospital, the last statistic, for June 1918, being 62,664, but a rough estimate for its total life is 70,000.

These are from the Dominion Plot.

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CWGC Cambridge City Cemetery - Sunday 27th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Cambridge City Cemetery - Sunday 27th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Cambridge City Cemetery - Sunday 27th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Cambridge City Cemetery - Sunday 27th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Cambridge City Cemetery - Sunday 27th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

And the northern boundary plot

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CWGC Cambridge City Cemetery - Sunday 27th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Cambridge City Cemetery - Sunday 27th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The Second World War graves are also mainly in two War Graves Plots with a few others scattered throughout the cemetery The general service plot was established in 1940

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CWGC Cambridge City Cemetery - Sunday 27th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The Air Force plot was established in 1942 for the burial of casualties from the Air Force stations set up in the eastern counties during the war. These included Bomber Command bases in Lincolnshire and fighter stations in Norfolk and Suffolk.

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CWGC Cambridge City Cemetery - Sunday 27th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Flying Officer Michael Kinmonth was awarded the DFC for service with 89 Squadron in North Africa flying Beaufighters, Gazetted on 27th April 1943 the citation reads.

"This officer has completed much operational flying at night, displaying great skill, courage and devotion to duty throughout. He has destroyed five enemy aircraft."

After a promotion to Flight Lieutenant on 6th March 1943, he was killed while flying Beaufighter R2252 when it was struck by Domonie X7368 over Cranfield on 11th November 1943. Both aircraft crashed near the airfield killing all on board.
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On the evening of 18th April 1944, Flight Lieutenant Hugh Charles Wilkie took off from RAF Grafton Underwood in Stirling EJ108 with 8 crew members on board to practice night take off / landings. During one take off, when they were using RAF Polebrook, they hit three USAAC personally who had returned that from an evening out on their bikes, killing them all instantly. The aircraft suffered a damaged engine as well as suspected damaged undercarriage. They diverted to the emergency landing strip at RAF Woodbridge. With the aircraft becoming more difficult to handle, he ordered the crew to bail out before he would try to execute an emergency landing.

As some of the crew were bailing out, the aircraft entered into a steep nose up angle. The aircraft then crashed into a pond in Little Glenham, Suffolk around 11.30pm. Along with Wilkie, two other crew members were killed, sadly one of which who managed to bail out but after incorrectly attaching his parachute harness, fell to his death.

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CWGC Cambridge City Cemetery - Sunday 27th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

It was then just a small detour to Saffron Walden Cemetery, where most of the 58 Commonwealth Second World War graves are of airmen from nearby former RAF Debden

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On the night of 18th-19th April 1944, Heinkel He 177 A-3 of KG 100 was taksed with a mission to bomb the Tower Bridge area of London. That night it would form a force of some estimated 95 Luftwaffe aircraft that raided the British mainland. It was the last major raid conducted during “Operation Steinbock” and would in effect be the last major raid conducted over Britain during the Second World War. Just after midnight, Mosquito MM456 crewed by Pilot Flying Officer S.B Huppert and Navigator Pilot Officer J. S. Christie from 410 Squadron took off from Castle Camps airfield.

After just a few minutes the Mosquito crew received a radar contact at approximately three miles. They identified their target as a Heinkel 177. The Mosquito's 20mm cannon shells were observed to strike the He 177 on the port wing and engine, which soon brought it down. Of the crew of 6, 4 bailed out successfully and became POW's, but Unteroffizier Georg. Speyerer & Obergefreiter Fritz. Kopf were killed. Eye-witness accounts state that both parachutes failed to open.
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CWGC Saffron Walden Cemetery - Sunday 27th May 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Pilot Officer W H Hodgson DFC was killed on the 13th March 1941 when the Douglas Havoc he was a passenger in crashed near Debden, killing all on board.

The main road into the newer part of the Wickford Industrial Estate, Essex, is named in his honor for when as a pilot with No 85 Squadron, he narrowly avoided the nearby village of Shotgate whilst crash landing his burning Hurricane after combat over London on 31st August 1940
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The first raid on RAF Debden of any significance was on the 26th August 1940. Around 2pm, radar detected a large formation over the Channel and heading towards the Thames Estuary. This formation consisted of about 50 Do17s from 1/KG2 and 11/KG3 escorted by 120 Bf109s and Bf110s. One section took a wide berth around the Thames Estuary, the bombers and their escorts turning east and approaching the Essex coast just south of Harwich. The other formation came in through the Estuary and took the usual course along the River Thames.

Although three Fighter Command squadrons managed to disperse the bombers, six Do17s managed to get through to Debden and release about 100 bombs doing considerable damage to the landing area, one hangar, the sergeants mess, the transport and equipment depots and the NAAFI. Water mains and the electricity were hit and were out of action for a short period and six people at the airfield were killed.

This Do17 crew were killed when their aircraft was shot down close to Debden.
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At 11.40pm on Thursday 19th September 1940, a Heinkel He 111 P-2 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire in Thorley Wash beside the River Stort while on a night sortie to bomb RAF Filton. Three of the crew, Uffz Hans Pohl, Uffz Willi Goliath and Fw Theodor Alpers were killed. Uffz Gertz baled out and became a POW.

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Re: CWGC Cemeteries

Postby SuffolkBlue on Sat 23 Jun 2018, 8:23 pm

The Baron wrote:
AlexC wrote:Very interesting post. I visited Tyne Cot some ten years ago or so now looking for my great-uncle's name (he has no head-stone as he has no known grave) which I found eventually. Amazing place, although I was a little put out by a number of visiting school children who were showing no respect for the place at all, and their teacher didn't seem too bothered about their behaviour either.


Unfortunately that tends to happen more often than not with the big and we'll known cemeteries. ILast weekend I stopped at the American cemetery at Omaha beach and the feeling was of a tourist attraction. I much prefer the smaller cemeteries - less people, more personal and a whole lot more atmosphere.


I couldn't agree more. As much as Tyne Cot hits home with just the sheer number of graves and names of the missing, I have always found the smaller cemeteries to be much more poignant.
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries **updated 23/06**

Postby Slinger65 on Sat 23 Jun 2018, 9:48 pm

Colin John Penrice Brindley was the oldest son of Mr and Mrs J. H. Brindley of 72 Collis Street, Amblecote and came from a glassmaking family. He enlisted in the Warwicks Territorials and joined the 2/6th Battalion in the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division. They went to the Western Front in 1916 and suffered seriously at Fromelles. He was wounded in the shoulder and was sent back to England for hospital treatment. He returned to the front line in 1917 for the follow-up to the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. The Warwicks were near St Quentin when the first German Spring offensive struck on the 21st March 1918. They conducted a fighting retreat as far back as the gates of Amiens and the exhausted survivors were sent to a quiet part of the line near Béthune. They were then in the path of the second German offensive on the Lys which opened on the 9th April and forced the British to retreat. Private Colin Brindley was seriously wounded at some point and died of wounds on the 10th April at the Military Hospital in Rouen. He was 21 years of age and is buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension (P IX J12 B), and commemorated on the Amblecote and Amblecote church Memorials.

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Myself and my son visited St Sever in 2014 where Pvt C Brindley - along with 3,095 other souls - is buried...

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More than 30 years before, my father (Colin - named in his honour), mother and myself visited the cemetery - tricky to find in the pre-satnav era as I recall. The headstone looks to either have been cleaned or replaced since...
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His story perhaps does not compare with many of the valiant and heroic tales recounted in this thread, but he will always be my Great Uncle Colin and hopefully will be remembered in my family for generations to come.
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries **updated 23/06**

Postby iainpeden on Sun 24 Jun 2018, 7:04 pm

At the end of May my wife, both sisters-in-law, and I spent a long weekend in Belgium and France with the main intention of visiting the Soissons Memorial on the 27th May 2018 where their great uncle, Arthur Freer, is remembered - he died on the 27th May 1918. He is one of nearly 4000 with no known grave commemorated on that memorial alone. While at the memorial we met about 20 other people, all there to remember their relatives who also died on that day 100 years ago.

On the way we spent a night in Ypres and attended the daily commemoration and visited Tyne Cot; the journey to Soissons taking us to Vimy Ridge and Thepval.

Tyne Cot

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Vimy Ridge

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Thiepval
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Soissons

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Chemins Des Dames

French cemetery
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A German cemetery - next to the French one
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The Second World War German cemetery on the Chemins Des Dames - 12000 men lie here.
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A very interesting and sobering weekend.
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Re: CWGC Cemeteries **updated 23/06**

Postby SuffolkBlue on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 3:56 pm

Thanks for sharing those posts guys, great to see.

I managed to visit some local sites around Huntingdon with the first being the old St. Margeret and All Saints Churchyard at Wyton. The church was declared redundant in 1974 and is now in private residence. As a result the churchyard is cut off and now has the impression of a quiet garden tucked away, which really adds to the atmosphere.

Just by chance the BBMF Dakota flew straight over the top as soon as I arrived after performing a flypast over nearby RAF Wyton.

4 of 6 airmen killed in the crash of their Short Stirling near Bury St. Edmunds on the 12th August 1942 are buried here. I have struggled to anymore details relating to the cause of the crash so if anyone does have anymore info, please feel free to share these.
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CWGC Wyton (St. Margeret and All Saints Churchyard - Wyton, Saturday 23rd June 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Squadron Leader MDH Wilson was killed after a raid on Essen, when he brought his aircraft back to RAF Wyton and crash-landed. The rest of the crew all survived.
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CWGC St. Margeret and All Saints Churchyard - Wyton, Saturday 23rd June 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 26th October 1941, Vickers Wellington X9974 of 40 Sqn departed RAF Hampstead Norris in Oxfordshire with 10 crew members and staff on board for a flight to Malta via Gibraltar. The aircraft clipped the boundary fence and lost its pitot tube. Without this the pilot would lose any indication of air speed. The pilot was attempting to to make a circuit prior to landing when the aircraft stalled and crashed, killing six crew and four groundcrew
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CWGC St. Margeret and All Saints Churchyard - Wyton, Saturday 23rd June 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC St. Margeret and All Saints Churchyard - Wyton, Saturday 23rd June 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

On the 10th May 1938, Pilot Officer Ivor Jack Fawdry & Pilot Officer Colin James Carr Lee were killed when their Miles Magister L5948 of the RAF Wyton Station Flight dived and crashed in a field near Godmanchester
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CWGC St. Margeret and All Saints Churchyard - Wyton, Saturday 23rd June 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The 10th May 1938 looks like a pretty bleak one in the history of RAF Wyton as their was another fatal crash the same day. An engine on Bristol Blenheim I K7037 of 114 Sqn failed on take-off, overturned and caught fire on the airfield. All three of crew were killed and Pilot Officer Douglas Perry is the only member buried here.
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Just to the other side of the villiage is Houghton & Wyton Burial Ground where 10 Second World War causalities are buried amongst 30 non world war graves.

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CWGC Houghton & Wyton Burial Ground - Wyton, Saturday 23rd June 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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On the 7th November 1942, the crew of Avro Lancaster I R5670 were returning from an operation to Genoa. While attempting to land at RAF Mildenhall, they overshot the runway and went on a go around, however the aircraft stalled and crashed, killing all on board.

2 of the crew are buried here below :

Pilot Officer David E. Todd of Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia, USA
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Also on the same day, Avro Lancaster I R5857 took off from Mildenhall at 10.25am to return to Wyton but crashed three minutes later at Starvegut Farm.

F/S. T G. Irvine Killed
F/S. C R. Hasekian RCAF Killed
W/O. G J. Stock Killed
F/S. D P. Gooby. Injured - Died of his injuries 12 November 1942
F/S. L E. Humber. Injured
P/O. Johnson. Injured
F/S. F. Mortimer. Injured

F/S. C R. Hasekian is the only crew member buried here
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CWGC Houghton & Wyton Burial Ground - Wyton, Saturday 23rd June 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

English Electric Canberra PR.9 XH137 took off from RAF Wyton on the 3rd May 1977. After a loss of control during a practice asymmetric approach to Wyton, with one engine at flight idle. When full power was applied to the "good" engine the rudder had insufficient authority to counter the torque, resulting in the fin stalling and the aircraft crashing into houses on Norfolk Road, Hartford.

Both crew and three small children in the house were killed.

Flt/Lt John Philip Armitage. Pilot, and
Flt/Lt Lawrence Andrew Davies, Navigator.

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There is just one CWGC burial in the grounds of St Mary The Virgin Church, Godmanchester, that of 16 year old WAAF Margaret Taylor Gorman. I have struggled to find any details of her service career or the cause of her death, so if anyone has anymore information, please feel free to share this too.
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CWGC St Mary The Virgin Church - Godmanchester, Saturday 23rd June 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The trail home along the A14 then brought me to Waterbeach Cemetery where there is 1 Commonwealth burial of the First World War and 6 of the Second.

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CWGC Waterbeach Cemetery - Waterbeach, Saturday 23rd June 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Final destination of the afternoon was to visit the two CWGC sites in Newmarket, with the first being the larger plot in the town's main cemetery. It contains 14 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 44 of the Second. There are also 20 Polish Foreign Nationals burials here which I was surprised about. I believe there was a training camp for Poles at nearby RAF Snailwell.

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CWGC Newmarket Cemetery - Newmarket, Saturday 23rd June 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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On the 16th December 1942, the crew of Short Stirling I, R9245 were tasked with a "gardening" op off the coast of Bordeaux. Nine aircraft in total were detailed to carry out the operation. There was a strong cross wind and unfortunately during take-off from RAF Newmarket the wind backed severely so that the flare path was dead cross wind. Three aircraft swung violently on take-off. Sergeant Franklin tried to take-off and the aircraft swung as violently as the other aircraft, but went on, straightened and got airborne, only to crash a mile away from the aerodrome. Two mines exploded and all of the crew were killed. It was later established that the starboard undercarriage had hit Devil’s Dyke (a mound around the perimeter) and broke off the oil tank to the starboard inner engine, causing it to seize, resulting in the aircraft to spin into the ground.

No other aircraft took off after this. The three aircraft who successfully took off all planted their "vegetables" in the allotted area.

Stirling Mk.I R.9245 AA-?

Sgt. Benjamin Allan Franklin, RNZAF NZ414277 – Pilot.
Sgt William Henry Whitcombe, RNZAF NZ41561 – Navigator.
Sgt. Edgar William Harvey, RNZAF NZ41902 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Harold Rangi Welch, RNZAF NZ41709 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Joseph Lawrence, RCAF R.70294 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Eric James Burbridge, RAFVR 1392526 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Pascoe, RAFVR 1308491 – Rear Gunner.

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CWGC Newmarket Cemetery - Newmarket, Saturday 23rd June 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

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CWGC Newmarket Cemetery - Newmarket, Saturday 23rd June 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out a raid on Duisburg on the night of 8th/9th April 1943. Four of the aircraft however were forced to return early owing to severe icing conditions, which prevented the aircraft from gaining height. Four of the remaining aircraft successfully bombed the target through cloud. Large fires were seen glowing below the clouds. A fair amount of heavy predicted A.A.Fire was encountered, and some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was 10/10ths cloud, with electrical storms, rain and severe icing, which prevented this operation from being a complete success.
Airborne at 21:30 on 8/4/1943 from Newmarke, Short Stirling II BK770 and her crew of seven survived the raid and were almost back home to Newmarket. They had made radio contact with the Squadron at 1:10 am reporting their progress home and all seemed well. Nothing more was heard from them.

When overflying Diss, just 30 miles from Newmarket, the aircraft went out of control and entered a near-vertical dive, crashing at Valley Farm, Bressingham, 3 miles WNW of Diss. The cause of the loss of control of the aircraft is still unknown. An oak tree now stands at the site of the crash as a permanent memorial to the crew who were:

W/O J.A.E.Walsh RNZAF KIA; Sgt J.H.Worthington KIA; F/S B.A.Moffatt RCAF KIA; Sgt F.H.Reddicliffe KIA; Sgt J.W.Scudder KIA; Sgt S.A.Curtis KIA; Sgt P.G.Stuart RCAF KIA.
The three Commonwealth airmen, along with Sgt Reddicliffe and Sgt Curtis, are buried here. The others were taken to their home towns.

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The smaller CWGC plot is located in Newmarket (Exning) Cemetery that contains 12 Commonwealth war graves from the First World War and 5 from the Second.
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CWGC Newmarket (Exning) Cemetery - Newmarket, Saturday 23rd June 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

Gazette 18 Aug 1942 DFC citation
Pilot Officer Douglas Oscar ROHDE (108001), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 115 Squadron.
One night in July, 1942, this officer was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Saarbrucken. The target area was obscured by heavy cloud but Pilot Officer Rohde, determined to release his bombs over the target, immediately flew down through the cloud. In spite of considerable opposition from the ground defences, he eventually located the target and pressed home his attack from 3,000 feet. This officer also took part in an attack on Hamburg during which he showed great skill and determination. Pilot Officer Rohde has completed numerous sorties, mainly against heavily defended targets, and has set a fine example.

Squadron Leader Douglas Oscar ROHDE DFC was killed when starting up Piper J-4A Cub Coupe G-AFXX on the 9th April 1943. The pilot stationed an airmen on each wing tip and swung prop himself but the chocks were not in place, resulting in the airscrew strucking him.

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CWGC Newmarket (Exning) Cemetery - Newmarket, Saturday 23rd June 2018 by Chris Day, on Flickr

The cemetery also contains the graves of two officers of the Imperial Russian Army.
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