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The man who cleans the gravestone

 
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spoons



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Location: St John's Town of Dalry

PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 5:07 pm    Post subject: The man who cleans the gravestone Reply with quote

This article was published in the Sunday Post on 11th November and I thought that this would be of interest to the forum members.

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Adam Brown



Joined: 21 Sep 2007
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Location: Edinburgh

PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good old Sunday Post. A very interesting article. I didn't realise the CWGC had one man (now two) doing all of Scotland.

And this is the grave he is tending in the photograph:

POTTEN, RONALD
Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 21
Date of Death: 09/01/1942
Service No: 1310871
Additional information: Son of Florence Potten, of Ashurst Wood, Sussex.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 25. Row A.
Cemetery: KINLOSS ABBEY BURIAL GROUND
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Roxy



Joined: 07 Oct 2007
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Location: Elgin, Moray

PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kinloss Abbey is on my 'to do' list!

Still got 1/4 of Elgin Cemetery to do first - and to add the individual's details to the posts! Embarassed

Roxy Wink
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Also remembering Flt Lt Al Squires and CXX/3 killed 2 Sep 06 in Afghanistan.
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Roxy



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a link to the Cemetery (for when I get round to adding photos!)

http://scottishwargraves.phpbbweb.com/viewtopic.php?t=317

Roxy
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Also remembering Flt Lt Al Squires and CXX/3 killed 2 Sep 06 in Afghanistan.
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Gunner



Joined: 19 Dec 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:13 am    Post subject: War grave maintenance Reply with quote

A very good post, I am sure we were all aware that the maintenance of headstones is an on going process, but it is facinating to see and hear about one of the men and women who actually carry out this work. I have for some time been interested in finding out more on this subject, especially on when the war grave cemeteries on the continent were first being set up. I hope to see more posts of this kind.
I hope all your New years started as well as mine has.
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Roxy



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I visited Kinloss Abbey Burial Ground today - see link above. As well as the gravestones, the grounds are also in immaculate condition.

Well Done!

Roxy
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