Further research on the Commonwealth War Grave
Commission website, www.cwgc.org on Stephen
Lamont, states that he was actually killed on the 4th November 1918 and he served with 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment, and he is buried at Ors Communal Cemetery, France. Did
his parents receive the news of his death on the 11th, as did those of Wilfred Owen,
war poet, who is also buried in the same cemetery? Of Bryn Chapman,
there is a Brinley Archibald Richard
Chapman found on the website who died on the 15th November 1918 and is buried at Bethel Welsh Congregational Chapelyard, Sketty. Before the war Brinley’s occupation
was a Copper Worker. After a bit of research into his death, I was able to find out that he died at Military Hospital, Rugeley Camp, Staffordshire which was built in 1916, containing 12 wards and
over a 1000 beds. It was unusual during this time for a body to be repatriated home.
The Napoleonic War was the major conflict, concluding at the battle of Waterloo, 1815, 99 years previous to the start of the First World War. Those who served with the British Army at that time and
died in action would have been buried in a communal pit. The First World War was the first of its kind in remembering serving men who had died on active service, with the creation of the Imperial War
Grave Commission, 1917, the founder being Fabian Ware. The
commission changed its name to Commonwealth War Grave Commission during the 1960s. The purpose of the Commission is set out in their mission statement:-
“To pay tribute to the
personnel of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. Also maintains a roll of honour for civilians killed in the Second World War”
can be obtained from a military headstone?
The majority of the headstones are made of Portland Stone, in some cases a stone of marble effect. They are 76 cm high, 38 cm wide and depth 7.6 cm. On the face it contains the national emblem or
regimental badge, rank, name, unit, date of death and age. At the foot of the stone is a more personal dedication chosen by relatives. For those who were unidentified their gravestone bore the
inscription Known unto God, words
Illustrated (above) are memorial headstones of various countries, found within Brookwood Military Cemetery.
Whilst at Brookwood Cemetery, I was informed by the gardeners of the different Remembrance Services
from the various countries, taking place during November.
So what other
sort of Remembrance is
There are 125 memorial plaques and dedications in churches and buildings around Swansea. The main memorial being Swansea Cenotaph designed by architect Ernest E.
Morgan and located on Mumbles Road. The Foundation Stone was laid on 1st July 1922 by General Haig; with the
dedication and unveiling on 21st July 1923.
The Cenotaph, records 2,274 First World War names and 500 Second World War names, these being set on bronze panels.