Saturday, 16 August 2014

War casualties remembered

My mind is boggling...

There are more than 23 000 locations around the world where Commonwealth soldiers from both world wars are buried or commemorated. 

I was interested in seeing how many cemeteries or memorials are in the Mesen area of Belgium. Each spot in the photo below represents one cemetery or memorial and each is within a 10 mile radius of Mesen. One of those spots near the centre marks the location of the Messines Ridge Cemetery where my Great Uncle John is remembered. 

In New Zealand alone, there are 444 locations where World War 1 and 2 servicemen are buried and/or remembered, ranging from the Far North District, to Bluff, in Southland.

See the CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) website to find a commemorative location near you.

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