We’re not sure what this occasion is or what group this is. We estimate it to be about 1947 and is possibly when the Second World War names were added. The clothes certainly suggest that period.
Girls from Ysgol Sychdyn selling poppies for a Red Cross appeal for wounded soldiers who were patients in Leeswood Hall auxiliary hospital
Edgar Molyneaux Stephenson
Lance Sgt Joseph Leigh Howell’s medals.
Across the road from the cemetery is the National South African Memorial. Unfortunately, we visited on a Monday and the Visitors’ Centre was closed. The grounds have now been replanted with trees but the shell craters and trenches in the woods are still visible. The area is hallowed ground as many casualties still lie buried in unmarked graves.
Viv and Eifion, nearing the end of our visit to Vimy. It had been very powerful, moving, interesting and memorable. We would recommend a visit to this site to anyone with an interest in WW1. We felt pleased and satisfied to have paid homage to Neville.
It took us quite some time to spot Neville’s name but eventually we found it. It was in a difficult place to photograph being very high up on the wall. Eifion is hanging quite precariously here as he tries to point out the name for the photograph.
The grounds around this Canadian Memorial contain preserved aspects of the crucial battle for Vimy Ridge where Canadian troops scored a huge tactical victory. Trenches and craters are there for visitors to view.When we were there a coachload of very young British Army recruits arrived on a battlefield tour. They explored and examined the trenches and the sight of such young soldiers in those trenches was a poignant, echo of 1917.