WW1 British soldiers burials. Ypres 27/May/08

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by banjotrooper, May 22, 2008.

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  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


    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

  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.
  5. Schaden

    Schaden LE Book Reviewer

  6. Banjo,

    Will these chaps be getting the new Marmite headstones?
  7. BEHAVE! :roll: :lol:
  8. I was only asking - whom am I to doubt the stuff you tell us on your excellent tours???
  9. YesItsMe

    YesItsMe LE Good Egg (charities)

    you're absolutely right :mrgreen:

    would be there if only i lived a bit closer
  10. Ventress

    Ventress LE Moderator

    Thanks to Banjo for flying the flag for those who cannot make it. Cheers.
  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...