A new entry for our collection of poems on gravestones.

 St Garmon, Llanfechain, Powys, Wales
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The church is traditionally associated with a 9th-century Celtic saint, St Garmon. St Garmon was most likely St Germanus (410–474), the first Bishop of Man.


A new entry for our collection of poems on gravestones.
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Jane died on her 78th birthday.

 Llanfyllin Cemetery, Llanfyllin, Powys, Wales
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A general view


Jane died on her 78th birthday.
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Arlington National Cemetery - Remembering the US 4th Infantry Division

Arlington National Cemetery
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Remembering the US 4th Infantry Division


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Joseph Hewes signed the Declaration of Independence on behalf of North Carolina.

 Christ Church Burial Ground - Philadelphia
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Joseph Hewes signed the Declaration of Independence on behalf of North Carolina.


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"Meet me in heaven"

Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg 
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 A general view


 Meet me in heaven
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Lexington, Virginia. Mel Greenberg - Confidence Man

Robert E Lee's house
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Mel Greenberg - Confidence Man
 
Consider Mel Greenberg. The “Hollywood producer” earned his Lexington stone for rolling into town during his own 1970s hustle. In his room at the Keydet General Motel, Greenberg talked a number of young women out of their blouses during auditions for a role in a “tasteful” nude scene for a major motion picture. Greenberg also talked people out their money in a fraudulent sort of way before bolting Lexington. This act merited him a return trip to Lexington as a guest of the city’s jail.
 

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Three siblings are remembered on the same war grave.

 St Faith, Overbury, Worcestershire
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Saint Faith or "Saint Faith of Conques" (Latin Sancta Fides, French Sainte-Foy, Spanish Santa Fe) is a saint who is said to have been a girl or young woman of Agen in Aquitaine. Her legend recounts how she was arrested during persecution of Christians by the Roman Empire and refused to make pagan sacrifices even under torture. Saint Faith was tortured to death with a red-hot brazier.


Three siblings are remembered on the same war grave.
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Charles and Emmeline "died together in Africa" in January 1980.

 St Benet Catholic Church, Kemerton, Worcestershire
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A general view.


Charles and Emmeline "died together in Africa" in January 1980.
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The world famous tomb of Sir Samuel Sandys and his wife Mercy.

St John the Baptist, Wickhamford, Worcestershire 
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The 13th-century parish Church of St. John the Baptist shows a close connection of the Sandys family with the American colonists. It can be seen in the floor slab monument to Penelope Washington within the altar rails. The oak chancel gates were installed in the 17th century with a monument to the Sandys family on the north side. Penelope Washington, whose mother married Sir Samuel Sandys and moved to the Manor House, was a distant relative of George Washington, the first President of the United States of America.

 
On the tombs lie the effigies of Sir Samuel Sandys (died 1626) and his wife Mercy, and of Sir Edwin Sandys (died 1626) and his wife Penelope. Above the tester are shields of arms, obelisks and carved figures. The chest are carved with kneeling children.






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George Ross signed the Declaration of Independence on behalf of Pennsylvania

 Christ Church Burial Ground - Philadelphia
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George Ross signed the Declaration of Independence on behalf of Pennsylvania.


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Arlington National Cemetery - Jane Delano was the first Director of the Red Cross Nursing Service

Arlington National Cemetery 
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Jane Delano was the first Director of the Red Cross Nursing Service

 
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Tomb of the Unknowns - Arlington National Cemetery

 Arlington National Cemetery
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Here rests in honored glory an
American soldier known but to God


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Have many gravestones have you seen that include a penguin in the design?

 St Mary, Newton Regis, Warwickshire
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The parish church stands at the higher east end of the village street and consists of a chancel, nave, south porch, and west tower with a spire. The lower part of the tower dates from the early 13th century; it was probably an addition to a 12th-century or earlier main body. The chancel was rebuilt (c. 1320), and had a south vestry: the nave was rebuilt soon afterwards (c. 1330–40), and the west tower was remodelled and heightened and the spire erected. Clearstories were raised above the chancel late in the 14th century and above the nave about a century afterwards. The vaulted south porch—an unusual feature—was added probably in the 15th century. The tower was reinforced in the 18th century by adding an extra thickness of 12 in. or more to the west face. The whole edifice was restored internally in 1905 and externally in 1908.


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Study these dates to see if you can make sense of them. We cannot!

 Baptist Church, Austrey, Warwickshire
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Early in the year of 1802 Mr John Barnes of Austrey attended a Service of Worship at Packington, where he was converted to the Christian faith by the preaching of The Reverend J Goady. He was baptized in May of that year and on the following Sunday that being the 22 May 1802 he opened his large “Wool-Room” in Austrey for preaching.

Study these dates to see if you can make sense of them.
We cannot!

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This is one of the saddest poems we have ever read on a grave!

 St Nicholas, Austrey, Warwickshire
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The church consists of a Chancel and Nave, with north and south aisles, a south porch and a west tower with a spire. The earliest part of the church is this west tower which dates from the 13th century. The rest of the church was rebuilt and enlarged about 1330.

This is one of the saddest poems
we have ever read on a grave!
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A brother and sister sharing a memorial - both were over 90 years old.

 All Saints, Seckington, Warwickshire
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The Church of England parish church of All Saints is probably mid- to late-13th century in origin, but was significantly altered in a late 19th-century Victorian restoration.
A brother and sister sharing a memorial -
both were over 90 years old.
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"... and Patch his constant companion".

Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain Cemetery, Powys, Wales 
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"... and Patch his constant companion".
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Shocking how some church communities treat old gravestones.

 St Fraid, Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain, Powys Wales
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Llansanffraid means "Church of Saint Bride" in the Welsh language, and ym-Mechain refers to its location in the medieval cantref of Mechain and distinguishes it from other places with the same or similar names. The name is based on the story of St Bhrid, who is said to have floated across the Irish Sea on a sod of turf, or to have been carried to Scotland by two oystercatchers.

Not for the first time we were left shocked by the way some church communities treat old gravestones.
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Lexington, Virginia - A 22lb tumor, no anesthetic!

Lexington, Virginia, USA
A general view of the town
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Hard to imagine what happened that day!
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Arlington National Cemetery - Harriet was a Contract Nurse in the Spanish American War

Arlington National Cemetery
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A general view
 
Harriet was a Contract Nurse in the Spanish American War

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Confederate Memorial - Arlington National Cemetery

 Confederate Memorial - Arlington National Cemetery
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A general view of this historic site.


By the end of 1901 all the Confederate soldiers buried in the national cemeteries at Alexandria, Virginia, and at the Soldiers' Home in Washington were brought together with the soldiers buried at Arlington and reinterred in the Confederate section. There are 46 officers, 351 enlisted men, 58 wives, 15 southern civilians, and 12 unknowns in concentric circles around the Confederate Monument.
To further honor these citizens of the South, the United Daughters of the Confederacy petitioned to erect a major monument to the Confederate dead. On March 4, 1906 Secretary of War William Howard Taft granted their request.  Chosen to design the memorial was the world-renowned sculptor, Moses Ezekiel. Ezekiel brought more than just his artistic talents to this project for he was also a Confederate veteran who knew first-hand the horrors of the Civil War. He is now buried at the base of the famous monument which he created.
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To the right side of the altar is a black and white marble memorial to Thomas Coventry

 St Mary Magdalene, Croome d' Habitot, Worcestershire
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St Mary Magdalene's Church is a redundant Anglican church in the grounds of Croome Court, at Croome D'Abitot, Worcestershire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
 
The original church at Croome was demolished by the 6th Earl of Coventry when he decided to replace his adjacent Jacobean house in the 1750s. Opulent monuments brought from the old church long since demolished, show the former Barons and Earls of Coventry.

To the right side of the altar is a black and white marble memorial to Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry, who died in 1640 and who had been Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. His effigy is shown reclining between statues personifying Justice, holding the Great Seal, and Virtue.
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"Roland from Fulham Power Station".

 Eckington Cemetery, Eckington, Worcestershire
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"Roland from Fulham Power Station".
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