Cold War Warrior

Cold War Warrior

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
HMS Gloucester, a Town Class light cruiser, was commissioned in January 1939. She served in the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean, earning the nickname "The Fighting G", taking part in escorting convoys to Malta. In May 1941 she was deployed to Crete, taking part in actions against German military transports. She was sent back into action with only 20% of her anti aircraft ammunition stocks and was sunk by Stuka JU-87 dive bombers. Of 805 men, only 85 survived. Contrary to RN practice, no ships were sent after dark to pick up survivors; those that were rescued were picked up by the Germans.

Arthur Lewis would have been killed in action in Operation Express, a convoy taking supplies to beleaguered Malta when on 11 January 1941, she was hit by a bomb from a Stuka, which did not explode.

The Celtic Cross is decorated with a chalice with the Host above it, and bunches of grapes. This represents the Holy Sacrament, as celebrated at Holy Communion.

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, probably best known for his book 'Rape of the Fair Country'.