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Posted on 07/19/2015


Photo taken on July 18, 2015



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Llanfoist Cemetery, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire 18 July 2015

Llanfoist Cemetery, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire 18 July  2015
The stone, appropriately in the form of a book, of the author Alexander Cordell, real name George Alexander Graber. Born in Ceylon in 1914 to British parents, his mother from the Rhondda. After a military career, he settled down in Llanfoist and started his literary career with the trilogy containing 'Rape of the Fair Country'. He eventually moved to Wrexham and, in 1997, went up in the hills around the Horseshoe Pass, Denbighshire, with a bottle of brandy and a packet of anti-depressants. This gave rise to speculation that he intended committing suicide, but he was actually found dead of a heart attack. The Brynmawr-Nantyglo-Blaenavon-Llanfoist area, is now know as "Cordell Country".

Llanfoist, or Abergavenny New Cemetery, was laid out in 1894 and landscaped as a Victorian park or garden. There are more modern extensions. It incorporated a chapel in the Victorian Gothic style. A notable "resident" is Alexander Cordell, ne George Alexander Graber and a prolific author.

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