Lest We Forget

Commonwealth MemorialI wonder if you can recall what you were doing yesterday, or last week, or maybe this time last year.  It is so easy to forget and move on with new memories or more recent activity.  I often look back over the many thousands of photographs I have on my computer, all in date order, and surprise myself when I open a folder and recall some event or place that is completely forgotten.

On 6th April (yesterday, as I write), Margaret and I drove south out of Thessaloniki and explored the coast of the Kassandreia peninsular.  It was very beautiful and picturesque – and I have a whole lot more images for my ever growing album.  But I suspect they too will fade with time until I am reminded by my browsing.

A about 5pm we arrived back into Thessaloniki and found ourselves at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery.  Actually, the CWGC is actually just part of a very much larger First World War cemetery containing Serbian, French and Italian casualties.

So, as I started writing about remembering something yesterday, or at least recently, I focussed on finding graves from exactly 100 years ago.  Actually, I could not find anything for 6th April 1916, but these seemed close enough:

Private J Lunt  H P KEMP Serjeant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, the conflict did not end there, so on 6th April 1917 and 6th April 1918, we find yet more memorials of fallen servicemen:

W Newring PrivateC Alford Sapper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a total of 1,648 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated. The Commonwealth plot also contains 45 Bulgarian and one Serbian war graves.

It is a very poignant place to visit; solemn and peaceful in the amongst the hubbub of the surrounding city.  Rather lke previous visits to Normandy, these are memories that are not easily forgotten.

If you would like to see some more images, there is an album here

For more information about the Cemetery, see the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website

 

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