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Post by whip » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:16 am

Just returned from a Belgium and South of France trip.
Whilst in Belgium we met some lad's from TonyPandy from the Rhondda valley area.

We was at the Menin gate in Leper '' Ypres '' and they sung the welsh anthem.
I will say one thing for the welsh, they can sing with pride.
They laid a wreath afterwards to the fallen welsh lad's that never returned home,
and have no known grave.

It was rather a moving thing to hear and watch.
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Post by sherri » Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:09 pm

Would love to have heard that singing.

Any photos of your trip? One of my ancestors is buried at Ypres and I would be interested in seeing any photos you have of the area.

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Post by martymont » Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:24 pm

Sherri this might be a starting point hope it helps. http://www.greatwar.co.uk/places/ypres- ... teries.htm.

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Post by whip » Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:31 pm

sherri wrote:Would love to have heard that singing.

Any photos of your trip? One of my ancestors is buried at Ypres and I would be interested in seeing any photos you have of the area.

I only took photos of the Menin gate and some other personal one's.
We did a detour to Tyne cot cemetery where over 8,ooo soldiers are at rest.

One cannot get over the age's of the lads who died. Shocking.
One just stand there and shake one's head in utter disbelief of it all.

The welsh lads sung land of my fathers. The welsh national anthem.
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Post by Mr Smith » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:06 pm

My grandfather was killed at the Ypres Salient and his name is on the wall at Tyne Cot Cemetery, he has no known grave.

There are 12.000 burials there and over 8.300 are unnamed. There are 1.353 Ozzies buried there.

The Memorial itself has the names of more than 35.000 casualties on it.

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Post by sherri » Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:04 pm

I think Tyne Cot is the same cemetery as my relative from the past. He was English, not Australian. The brother of one of my grandfathers.
Born in Hertfordshire. When I was away in Cairns I met some people from England who told me Hertforshire is pronounced Hart-fordshire. I had been saying it as Hurt-fordshire. :D
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Post by Mr Smith » Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:28 pm

They told you the correct pronunciation sherri, my sister lives in that county which is just north west of London.

This is the website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission where you can find where the fallen are buried:

http://www.cwgc.org/
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Post by gnads » Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:17 am

sherri wrote:I think Tyne Cot is the same cemetery as my relative from the past. He was English, not Australian. The brother of one of my grandfathers.
Born in Hertfordshire. When I was away in Cairns I met some people from England who told me Hertforshire is pronounced Hart-fordshire. I had been saying it as Hurt-fordshire. :D
Weird people, the English. :wink:

No surprises there.... you Dicktorians all pronounce Hervey Bay ... as HER--VEE. When it's pronounced HARVEY.
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Post by tedster » Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:02 am

cos its spelt herv and not harv ,,, simple :lol:

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Post by sherri » Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:21 pm

martymont wrote:Sherri this might be a starting point hope it helps. http://www.greatwar.co.uk/places/ypres- ... teries.htm.
Thanks, Marty and MrSmith.

I have this saved on my ancestry account.

Tyne Cot Memorial

Private Edward Waller
G/39792, 11th Bn., The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) who died on 26 September 1917 Age 19
Son of Mrs. Esther Waller Chilton, of 1, Kitsbury Rd., Berkhamstead, Herts.

Zonnebeke, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium


Young to d*e. The English people on ancestry who were researching that family line had his birth date but no other records as they could find no death registered in England.
But as soon as I saw the line, I knew one of the boys had to have died in the war-if I had the right line. My grandfather often told my mother about it. And sure enough, there he was. I was surprised actually that none of the English had thought to check for war dead but most of them are young, so I guess it didn't occur to them.

Oh and gnads. I pronounce it Harvey Bay okay. I have Danet to guide me, you know. :D
She has property there.

But now I am wondering about Berkhamstead. Is that really Barkhamstead?

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