WW1 British soldiers burials. Ypres 27/May/08

#1
A total of 8 x WW1 unknown British soldiers, are to be buried with full military honours in the following CWGC's. I will be in attendance as the representative of the Northern Ireland Veterans Association. I also intend to lay a poppy tribute, on behalf of ARRSE! I know you will all be in attendance with me in spirit, if not in being. Details as follows:

6 x soldiers Cement House CWGC. 10.00 am
1 x soldier Essex Farm CWGC. 11.00 am
1 x soldier Messines Ridge CWGC. 12.00 pm

SALUTE!
 
#2
IN FLANDERS FIELDS.

In Flanders field the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Major John McCrae, May 1915


Stilts
 
#3
Thank you banjotrooper, they are not forgotten here
 
#4
Cement House - graves from August 1914 to November 1918...I always end up spending more time here than I plan! It may not have the "glamour" of Essex Farm or Brandhoek but the history - especially of some of the concentrated cemeteries incorporated here - is amazing.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
 
#6
Banjo,

Will these chaps be getting the new Marmite headstones?
 
#7
Inf/MP said:
Banjo,

Will these chaps be getting the new Marmite headstones?
BEHAVE! :roll: :lol:
 
#8
I was only asking - whom am I to doubt the stuff you tell us on your excellent tours???
 
#11
To stand at their gravesides and see their brand new headstones, is most humbling to say the least! Last year, one of the soldiers buried in Cement House CWGC, had placed in his coffin, his watch, his purse of French coins and his wedding ring! I had a spec of dust in my eyes that day. :cry:
I will place the ARRSE tribute with honour!
 
#12
Must get TFB to dust in here...something in my eye now...
 

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