Cold War Warrior

Cold War Warrior

Posted on 04/26/2015


Photo taken on April 24, 2015



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St Winwaloe
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St Winwaloe, Gunwalloe, Cornwall 24 April 2015

St Winwaloe, Gunwalloe, Cornwall 24 April 2015
Presumably killed near St Winwaloe. In 1959, a German War Cemetery was opened at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire and, with the assistance of the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfursorge, the German equivalent of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, all German war dead scattered around Britain, were transferred to Cannock Chase. I assume 5-11-263 is a plot marker for this "Unbekannter Flieger" (Unknown Airman). The RBL cross and poppy is a welcome gesture of reconciliation.

St Winwaloe was a 6th Century Breton saint. The church at Gunwalloe (a corruption of his name) named after him, is said to be one of the oldest in Cornwall; it is mentioned in the Domesday Book. What now remains of the church was built in the 13th and 14th Centuries, but it was heavily restored after storm damage, in 1869. It has two fonts, a Norman font recovered from the graveyard, and a 15th Century font.

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Fortescue38
Fortescue38
That's interesting. I was at the Cannock Chase cemetery last year (I grew up a few miles away) and read that they had collected up the war dead from around the country and brought them all together.

There are 5 Unknown from WW1 and 90 from WW2.

www.ipernity.com/doc/293903/32426095/in/album/656197
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.