Visit To Cannock War Cemetery

Discussion in 'Veteran Accounts' started by Kieron Hill, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    Hi all,

    Been living up this way for over a year
    now and kept seeing the sign for Cannock
    War Cemetery but never took the
    time to pay it a visit, that was until

    It all started at 6.30am this morning,
    My determination to have a lay in was
    shattered by this little voice...Dad
    can I have another Easter egg...Dad
    can I have my breakfast, so much for
    the lay in. Did breakfast, got us washed,
    dressed and loaded the dog in the car.
    Off we went, we arrived at about 7.30
    while the morning mist still lay there
    and abouts, not yet vaporized by the
    rising sun.

    Took the dog for her walk...hhmm
    walk have you ever known Springer
    Spaniel to walk?... me neither. We put
    her back in the car and off we went.

    The first cemetery you come to is
    the existing Commonwealth Cemetery,
    which with a rough guess has about
    over 300 graves, as we pushed the
    big iron gates they gave out a
    huge creek and with that two deer
    came running out of the woods,
    I must have crushed my little boy's
    fingers with the fright. After my
    heart rate had settled back to normal
    we strolled round the graves leaving
    our foot prints in the morning mist
    and with every step a great sense
    of sadness was felt. The majority
    of these graves in this cemetery
    are from WWI with only three that
    I counted from WW2, those being
    from the RAF. You've got a lot graves
    from New Zealand servicemen and
    about twenty or so from the old British
    regiments, which were disbanded after
    WWI. I would say that in this cemetery
    there are over 200 German graves.
    Hats off to the people of the
    Commonwealth War Graves
    Commission for a very well kept

    A few hundred yards further
    down the road you have the
    German War Cemetery which
    holds the graves of 2143 German
    servicemen of WWI and 2786
    of WW2, all of whom died on UK soil.

    A very moving morning especially
    when my little boy asked: What are
    these stones for...they're soldiers I
    said...are they the bad soldiers Daddy.
    I squeezed him tightly in my arms
    and we made our way back to the
    car once again leaving our foot
    prints in the morning mist.

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