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This leady tended her grave from age of 9 until she died at 84

Willemien Rieken "Flower girl"

A title she carried with pride

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For decades Willemien Rieken lovingly laid flowers on the grave of a Scottish soldier she had never met, for making the ultimate sacrifice during the fight to liberate Europe.

The annual ritual which she fulfilled for 75 years has been brought to an end, however, after it was confirmed yesterday that Ms Rieken has died, aged 84.

I know through family history research on Mrs B_R side that a distant relative of hers , an RAF Pilot , KIA over Holland has his grave tended in a similar way ...

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.... above immediately post WW2

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and then in 1954 .

The photographs and others , some taken secretly of the Crash Site shortly after the crash , were received after a contact had been established between the family and a local . That is how we found out about children volunteering to care for such graves . Lest we forget
 
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I know through family history on Mrs B_R side that a relative of hers , an RAF Pilot , KIA has his grave tended in a similar way ...

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.... above immediately post WW2

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and then in 1954 .

The photographs and others some taken secretly of the Crash Site taken immediately after the crash were sent after a contact had been established between the family and a local . That is how we found out about children volunteering to care for such graves . Lest we forget
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Many moons ago in the 90s when Nepal was very much a 3rd world country, it contained Tibetan refugee camps.
These camps had carpet factories.
The children worked in the factories for which they were fed and received a hour or two of schooling.
As the number of tourists rose, there were objections raised about the child labour, so it was clamped down on.
The tourists no longer saw the children working, however neither did they see the ever increasing number of children being shipped to India on promise of work, only to end up in brothels and slavery.
 

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I know through family history on Mrs B_R side that a relative of hers , an RAF Pilot , KIA has his grave tended in a similar way ...

View attachment 612140

.... above immediately post WW2

View attachment 612141


and then in 1954 .

The photographs and others some taken secretly of the Crash Site taken immediately after the crash were sent after a contact had been established between the family and a local . That is how we found out about children volunteering to care for such graves . Lest we forget

70 years caring for the graves of Indian Army soldiers in Scotland
 
This leady tended her grave from age of 9 until she died at 84

Willemien Rieken "Flower girl"

A title she carried with pride

18230184-7441627-image-m-19_1567979529835.jpg


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For decades Willemien Rieken lovingly laid flowers on the grave of a Scottish soldier she had never met, for making the ultimate sacrifice during the fight to liberate Europe.

The annual ritual which she fulfilled for 75 years has been brought to an end, however, after it was confirmed yesterday that Ms Rieken has died, aged 84.

If there is a Heaven, then she is there.
 

Keir Starmer tests positive for Covid​

Keir Starmer has been forced to pull out of today's PMQs after he tested positive for Covid.
Ed Miliband will be standing in for him.


Oh dear me. Still, never mind eh.
 

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