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Jo’s Monday Walk

Week-25

Merricourt Cemetery

Like some other War Grave Cemeteries,

Merricourt War Grave cemetery

is an extension of the

local communal cemetery.

And like all other cemeteries

it is immaculately cared for

and extremely peaceful.


It did not take long to find

Private Patterson’s grave.

Another twenty-two year old life cut short.

The same family contribution to the headstone.

 

So far graves belonging to the

Patterson family have been marked

by a flower in bloom or one nearby.

In this case it was an in bloom iris…

 

which made the grave easily identifiable…

 

in some contextual shots.


All to soon it was time to be on our way again

and ponder the meaningless

and utter waste of life.

 I thought what we had seen was bad…

however, in my opinion the worst

was yet to come.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Focus

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Focus

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This week I focused on focus, or depth of field.

 A Seat at Lochnagar Crater which is

a privately owned war memorial.

 

I was so intent at getting the roses in focus and in shot

I neglected the horizon.

Straightening the image looses the top left rose.

So we have a crooked image…or do we?

 

Taken from behind the Australia Rising Sun

built into the Australian War Memorial

at Villers Bretonneux.

May be difficult to see but

all the background is a blur.

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Week-24

Heath Cemetery

While I traveled along the Chunnel to Lille two weeks ago

I struck up a conversation with

my wife’s cousin on Facebook.

She  sent me names of three of her uncles

who perished during World War 1.
Our first stop was Heath Cemetery.

It is nice to know the French people have donated

land for War Grave Cemeteries.

However it is also sad to think that so much land

has been donated to remember the fallen.

I thought it would take all of us all day

walking around looking at headstones.

However it is far easier to find a grave than I thought and I mention that in a later post.

It took about two minutes to find

Sergeant Major Patterson’s grave.

On each grave is the soldier’s

service number, rank, name, unit,

date of their death and their age.

Sergeant Major at age 23, in this case.

 I had to darken the photo to read the text.

The rose to my right makes a good

identifying marker in later shots.

Three rows back and the rose is clearly visible.

 

Near top right hand corner the rose is still visible

even if Sergeant Major Patterson’s grave

is just out of shot.

The verse at the bottom of each headstone is verse which each family decided to place on their relatives grave.

Looking back to the gate upon which we entered.  Three rows back….

 As we drove away there was still a feeling of

sadness even though I was not

related to any of them.

Such an utter waste of life.

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