Remembrance: Loved & Never Forgotten
Remembrance Sunday 2009: City of Ely Cemetery, Ely, Cambridgeshire
In Loving Memory of a Dear Boy - DANGER UNSAFE KEEP AWAY - Loved, & Never Forgotten - Mother
This First World War memorial to a young man killed at Passchendaele during the Third Battle of Ypres has been wrapped in yellow warning plastic by the Health and Safety fascists of Ely City Council. It is one of about fifty headstones in the cemetery given the same treatment.
I am not sure what the technical name is for someone whose job it is to do this. My late Great-Grandfathers and Great-Great-Uncles who actually fought in the trenches, most of them Ely men, might have used a four-letter-word beginning with C, but I don't really want this page taken down by flickr.
I took the plastic off so I could see who it was. Obviously, this was at great personal risk to myself, and the obstacle is now a hazard to others. But I figured that the young man here had given his life with the vague idea that he was safeguarding my future freedom to do this, and under the circumstances it was the least I could do.
Once uncovered, the complete inscription reads:
In loving memory
of a dear boy
Charles Henry Newman
Killed in France September 12 1917
aged 28 Years.
& Never Forgotten
With a little research, I discovered that Charles Newman was a private in the 2/4th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. He was the son of Annie Fisher, formerly Annie Newman, of 48 Fore Hill Ely, and the late Joseph Newman. Charles was killed during the Third Battle of Ypres near the small town of Passchendaele. He is buried in the cemetery at Mendinghem, north-west of Ypres. He is remembered on the City of Ely war memorial, and also remembered here: loved, and never forgotten.