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Adam Brown



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:31 pm    Post subject: CWGC headstone with white lettering Reply with quote

I saw this headstone in one of Anne's posts for Lambhill Cemetery in Glasgow

The lettering is in white but all other CWGC headstones have black lettering. Has this been done privately I wonder?



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never noticed one with white lettering before. Could it be a private stone made to look like a CWGC one?

If you don't mind me poaching on your thread, does anyone know why some stones are granite and others limestone?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just come across another one, again in Lambhill Cemetery.



Neither of them have anything in common that's obvious except both men killed in WW2 - maybe white lettering was an option not used very often?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spoons wrote:
I have never noticed one with white lettering before. Could it be a private stone made to look like a CWGC one?

If you don't mind me poaching on your thread, does anyone know why some stones are granite and others limestone?

\Paul


I think most WW2 stones are limestone and I think if any of the original Scottish granite stones are replaced they use the standard CWGC limestone as well. I prefer the granite ones.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks, that makes sense. I have only seen granite on WW1 stones but have seen an occasional WW1 stone in Limestone.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

I am a little late responding to this one, newbie.

The majority of CWGC Headstone in South Africa are this configeration.

There are some cemeteries that contain the usual white stone and black letters, but in many instances they have not stood the test of time. The white stone is soft and soon weathers. The black stone is still in great shape.

Matbe to location of the graves would determine the tyoe of stone used
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colyn

That's very interesting that SA graves are granite as well. Could you post a photograph of one to see what it looks like.

I wonder if it is Scottish granite or local stone which has been used?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

In actual fact the South African stone is Paarl Grey Granite for WWI and Rustenberg Granite for WWII.




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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

In actual fact the South African stone is Paarl Grey Granite for WWI and Rustenberg Granite for WWII.

When I am permitted to post pics I will do so
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colyn,

When posting from Photobucket, select and copy the code in the "IMG Code" line. This will enable you to post the photos here.

I've amended your post above to show the pictures.

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Colyn



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi David

Thanks for that.

I am busy compiling my 'Jocks' and I have signed up for the Memorial Project so I can post the Magersfontein pics.

Should I post the Scots graves in there as well?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scots graves should probably go on this site.

We were concentrating on graves in Scotland rather than Scottish graves but we'll set up a section for Scots buried overseas.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

I was just showing a sample of the two different headstone materials, and the inscription thereon.

I have a number of Scots headstones/markers mainly from the Boer War which I will post, the Memorials I will post on the memorial site.

Regards from Cape Town
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