No. 32257

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Commonwealth War Graves Commission giving a date for the death of Benjamin that differed from the one inscribed on the family headstone. My neighbor Graham, Ben’s great grandson, has not yet found the letter informing the folks back home that he was missing in action but has offered this photograph of his grave. It is clear now why the family put the 11th, and not the 12th, on the stone in St Oswald’s churchyard.

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There is no indication on the photo of when and where it was taken, or by whom, but a couple of things struck me – the neatness of the stenciling on the simple wooden cross and the wintry appearance of the damp wood. Was Ben really fighting and dying for pieces of ground like this? Or for what you see in Today’s Image of Glen Gardens (taken early this morning).

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I wonder if Ben was first buried in this wood before being taken the 60 kilometers or so to his final resting place at Gorre British and Indian Cemetery.

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