Cross of Sacrifice

Cross of Sacrifice4.9 (98.67%) 15 vote[s] Cross of Sacrifice The Cross of Sacrifice is a Commonwealth war memorial designed in 1918 by Sir Reginald Blomfield for the Imperial War Graves Commission (now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission). It is present in Commonwealth war cemeteries containing 40 or more graves. Its shape is an elongated Latin cross with proportions more typical of the Celtic cross, with the shaft and cross-arm octagonal in section. It ranges in…

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St Symphorien Military Cemetery

St Symphorien Military Cemetery4.9 (97.14%) 7 vote[s] St Symphorien Military Cemetery The St Symphorien Military Cemetery is a First World War Commonwealth War Graves Commission burial ground in Saint-Symphorien, Belgium. It contains the graves of 284 German and 229 Commonwealth soldiers, principally those killed during the Battle of Mons. The cemetery was established by the German Army on land donated by Jean Houzeau de Lehaie. It was initially designed as a woodland cemetery before being…

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Harold Ackroyd VC

Harold Ackroyd VC5 (100%) 3 vote[s] Harold Ackroyd VC World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Southport, England, he was a doctor serving as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army. At Ypres, Belgium, during an enemy attack July 31 to 1 August, 1917, Captain Ackroyd, despite being under fire for hours at a time tended to the wounded men in the front line. He carried one wounded officer to safety…

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Shot at Dawn, Coxyde Military Cemetery

Shot at Dawn, Coxyde Military Cemetery5 (100%) 1 vote[s] Shot at Dawn, Coxyde Military Cemetery  Held within one’s mind until beyond forever “Gift of Life” they gave. Private W. Wycherley 2nd Manchester Regiment executed 12/9/17 and buried in Plot III . G. 6. – Desertion. Rifleman F. W. Cheeseman 18th Kings Royal Rifle Corps, executed 20/10/17, he is buried in Plot IV. G. 23. – Desertion.  Sapper A. P. Oyns 50th Search Light Company Royal Engineers,…

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Shot at Dawn, Dickebusch New Military Cemetery

Shot at Dawn, Dickebusch New Military Cemetery5 (100%) 3 vote[s] Shot at Dawn, Dickebusch New Military Cemetery   Held within one’s mind until beyond forever “Gift of Life” they gave. Lance Corporal J. S. V. Fox, 1st Bn. Wiltshire Regiment, attached 3rd Division Cyclists’ Company, executed for desertion 20/04/1915, Plot D. 15. The Shot at Dawn Memorial is a British Monument at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas, in Staffordshire, UK. It memorializes the 306…

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Shot at Dawn

Rate this post Shot at dawn: the scared young men who lied to fight in Flanders They were sick, cold, hungry, tired and terrified. They saw their friends bombed, gassed and cut to pieces in spectacular numbers and they were reduced to trembling wrecks by relentless shellfire and the imminence of their own demise. Many had lied about their age to fight for King and Country. But 307 of them were executed by their comrades,…

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Shot at Dawn, Nine Elms British Cemetery

Rate this post Shot at Dawn, Nine Elms British Cemetery Held within one’s mind until beyond forever “Gift of Life” they gave. Private John McFarlane 4th Bn. King’s Liverpool Regiment, executed for desertion 22/05/1918, aged 27. Plot XI. A. 2. Private Joseph Nisbet 1st Bn. Leicestershire Regiment, executed for desertion 23/08/1918. Plot XV. C. 21. The Shot at Dawn Memorial is a British Monument at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas, in Staffordshire, UK. It…

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Shot at Dawn, Aeroplane Cemetery

Rate this post Shot at Dawn, Aeroplane Cemetery Held within one’s mind until beyond forever “Gift of Life” they gave. Private Bert Hartells, 3rd Bn. Worcestershire Regiment, executed for desertion 26/07/1915, aged 32. Plot II. A. 6.   Private John Robinson, 3rd Bn. Worcestershire Regiment, executed for desertion 26/07/1915, aged 31. Plot II. A. 7. Private Alfred Thompson, 3rd Bn. Worcestershire Regiment, executed for desertion 26/07/1915, aged 25. Plot II. A. 8. The Shot at…

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Shot at Dawn, Bedford House Cemetery

Rate this post Shot at Dawn, Bedford House Cemetery Held within one’s mind until beyond forever “Gift of Life” they gave. Private Frederick Turner, 6th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers, executed for desertion 23/10/17, aged 31. Enclosure No.4. Plot IV. A. 18. The Shot at Dawn Memorial is a British Monument at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas, in Staffordshire, UK. It memorializes the 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers executed after courts-martial for cowardice or desertion during World…

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Shot at Dawn, Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery

Rate this post Shot at Dawn, Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery Held within one’s mind until beyond forever “Gift of Life” they gave. Private J. Seymour, 2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, executed for desertion on 24/01/1918, Plot III. F. 10. The Shot at Dawn Memorial is a British Monument at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas, in Staffordshire, UK. It memorializes the 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers executed after courts-martial for cowardice or desertion during World War…

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