Monthly Archives: November 2014

“Simply Magnificent”

Continuing to research the last week of March 1918, in war diaries relevant to some of the men commemorated on a Parish War Memorial in Surrey, I looked last night to see how the week was ‘covered’ in Kate Luard’s Unknown Warriors.  Recalling the morning of 24 … Continue reading

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There are many alternatives to displaying your #LestWeForget sheet in the vicinity of a War Memorial. You could, perhaps, trace out your #LestWeForget in the damp sand of a South African beach.  Were I there, I’d choose a False Bay beach—the nearer to Kalk … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday at Richmond 2014

This year, we picked a sprig of rosemary for each of the 39 graves and tied a (compostable) bow of red around each sprig. Over the past few months, I’ve been reading the men’s service records, and just when the act of placing the … Continue reading

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Bishops’ Rugby Blues

Rugby remembers.   At some point during the proceedings at The Varsity Match 2014, at Twickenham on 11 December, the loss of the 55 rugby Blues of Oxford and Cambridge, who died on active service in the First World War, will be … Continue reading

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Ivan Merle McCusker (1892–1916)

Ivan Merle McCusker of Victoria West is one of seven men serving in South African Regiments who are buried in Earlsfield Cemetery.  His service record indicates that he was wounded at Delville Wood on 16th July, and died the following … Continue reading

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