Sunday, 19 January 2014

Learning as I go

Already, I am learning a  few interesting lessons as part of this project.

Firstly, I do not posses a shift lens, so I have to be wary of non-perpendicular lines when photographing the churches. This is to be expected, but can be minimised by taking shots carefully composed.

Second, not to assume that all war graves will be of the standard 'commonwealth' headstone pattern, and not to assume that all of that pattern are war graves! An example of each aspect here can be seen at Monk Fryston Cemetery. One private grave, located due to the presence of a British Legion remembrance cross, is a Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 'death in service' dated 1943. This of course does not follow the expected pattern. There is also, conversely, what looks initially to be a correct war grave headstone, including a Kings Own Scottish Borderers crest. But this is also a private grave, with dates that clearly preclude death in service.

There are also interesting details to be found on non-war graves, which give an insight into the wartime lives of those interred there. The example here being the Royal Navy subaltern and his Wren sweetheart who are interred at Hambleton.

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