Your most special CWGC Cemetery is?

Discussion in 'War Grave Photographs' started by Jonathan Ball, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.


    Thats a great photo. Thanks for sharing.
  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    The Coriano Ridge Cemetery a few kilos west of Riccione is looked after by eight part time gardeners who usually descend on thursdays to cut the grass etc but- every class - every year from the local Coriano School has a section to look after and they do - not a weed is allowed on that hallowed ground and as you perhaps know - children can be cruel so one has to think of those poor weeds - they have no chance to survive.....the whole area was donated by the Italian people in gratfeul thanks for our efforts - there are 2000 graves there - with - very strangely - ONE Russian !
  3. WhiskeyGolf

    WhiskeyGolf Senior Member

    Some lovely photos there everyone - thanks for sharing.

    Steve, what a wonderful experience for you to be invited to talk in Burma!
  4. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    but- every class - every year from the local Coriano School has a section to look after and they do

    And that must have helped teach generations of children the importance of respect and remembrance. What a great idea.

    I've really enjoyed reading all the posts and the photos accompanying them. So to expand it are the any cemeteries in particular you would like to go to and is there any reason? the location perhaps? If anything it's just an excuse to post some more photos here of the good work of the CWGC.
  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Haven't got a favourite cemetery as such as all our family war dead on memorials to the missing.

    I know I've mentioned this before but when we were at Anzio War Cemtery we saw this chaps grave.

    I liked the inscription.

    When there a small flock of European Bee Eaters flew around above the cemetery , it was the first time I'd ever seen them. I thought he'd have liked them too.

  6. spidge


    For an Aussie who has never been to Europe I have seen photos of many cemeteries around the world big and small through my RAAF and WW1 Australian Flying Corps project.

    I have two WW1 & WW2 at Etaples. I don't know why however the layout struck me as being quite a beautiful spot.

    These four at Etaples Military Cemetery.

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  7. Golf Bravo

    Golf Bravo Member

    For me it has to be Isieres in Belgium. There are just nine graves and a memorial raised by the villagers in their own cemetery. The grave was originally maintained by the village school teacher and, as far as I know, still is. I'm still trying to confirm this before going out there.

    It is always immaculate. I'll look out a couple of snaps and post them soonest.

    As promised . . . Isiseres.

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  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    why have they moved the headstones in front of the memorial when in other pic they either side ?
  9. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Which of photos are most recent?
  10. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    It appears that the Headstones have been moved to both sides to open up the main Memorial for better viewing.

  11. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Over 4,500 names on memorial tablets with no known grave killed in the main fighting over a six week period.

    I have also 'adopted' a soldier there and always visit his grave when I arrive at Dunkirk regardless of where I'm going in Europe.




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  12. 17thDYRCH

    17thDYRCH Senior Member Patron

    For me, the Canadian Military Cemetery in Dieppe. I was there in 2004. The wave of emotion I felt looking at the graves of some 900 Canadians who died that day in August 1942 is still with me.
  13. WhiskeyGolf

    WhiskeyGolf Senior Member

    Nice photos there Andy. I love the etched window.
  14. Marco

    Marco Senior Member

    Having visited them all in F&F I personally like the cemeteries which are in the middle of a field and take some work getting to. The cemetery I have visited the most is the one below. I keep comming back to that one (although it is not in the middle of a field)

    It lies in a small area with some interesting cemeteries. Usually you can walk for hours there without meeting anyone.


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  15. stephenmyall

    stephenmyall Member

    Mine would have to be Grange Gorman Cemetery near Pheonix Park in Dublin which is not far from where I live. WW2 War memorials are few and far between in Eire and I often take my 4 year old daughter there for a walk. Also, my great Uncle (subject of many of my threads is intermed here)

  16. cosgrove70

    cosgrove70 Junior Member

    My favorite has to be Taukkyan war cemetery where my father is buried.

    I am at present compiling a database of graves by Regiment of those who fought and died in the Burma campaign. There are a number of cemeteries where they were buried including Kohima, Gauhati, Chittagong, Kirkee, Madras, Imphal, Digboi, Taiping. There were also some outside of the region such as Arlington,

    Whilst I have been involved in this project I have found out where my Father was Killed in action. He was in B Co. 9th. Btn. Royal Sussex at the battle of Pinwe. Although he was not mentioned by name in the Book "The shiny Ninth" he was the NCO referred to in the article written by Lt. R. Lysons in the newspaper article he wrote for his local newspaper. This is confirmed by the fact that he was the only soldier of the Royal sussex Regiment killed on that day. 24th. November 1944. ( his birthday). His name was ommitted from the book in the "Roll Of Honour" but I'm sure this was a mistake.
  17. Rotherfield

    Rotherfield Senior Member

    Minturno cemetery Italy
    A beautiful entrance walking through an avenue of Pine Trees a really peaceful well kept resting place for brave souls, incidentally there is a V.C. there
  18. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Until March I'd never been to a CWGC Cemetery for the fallen of WW2. The Canadian Cemetery at Bény-sur-Mer was particularly memorable.




    One of the men shot by the 12th SS at Abbaye d'Ardenne. :poppy:RIP:poppy:

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  19. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA


    I have to admit that Beny-sur-Mer is very special. I like the photos you took in March, as it look more atmospheric without any leaves on the trees.

    One I took in June this year from one of the small buildings either side of the entrance. Great that you could climb up to get a higher shot, but you took your life in your hands coming back down again.:lol:

  20. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Great that you could climb up to get a higher shot, but you took your life in your hands coming back down again.:lol:

    Probably the worst designed sets of steps I've ever seen Rob. They were soaked from the early morning dew too and it was like walking on glass.

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