29 September 2016
Good evening everyone,
photographing the war graves is different to photographing the memorials, the memorial data goes the Imperial War Museum in London and updates the national register along with the photographs I take. Commonwealth War Graves commission don't want the photographs so they are for me and everybody else on my site. When I find a problem with a grave such as its damaged or the information is incorrect I let them know, I recently found half a dozen or so civilian graves that were killed by enemy action, it clearly states on the grave as they were killed by enemy action. I emailed the Commonwealth War Graves commission asking if they want the details of these as they are responsible for a book of remembrance that is held in Westminster Abbey I had an email back the day before yesterday, they wanted the death certificates and newspaper reports! I don't think get much plainer than what it said on the grave, along with other problems I've had with the team at the Commonwealth War Graves commission such as finding more than a hundred headstones incorrectly marked with the wrong regiment or service and been told that they will be replaced when they wear out, it does beg the question how long it will take the Creetown granite headstones in Scotland to wear out! I've also found surnames spelt incorrectly compared to their database and other more minor things. I have enough to do without jumping through their hopes pointing out their mistakes so therefore no longer send any information to the Commonwealth War Graves commission. If a grave is wrong in whatever way then I will mark it as so on my website.
Smudge had me slightly worried yesterday when he snuck into Dunkirk house and found a comfy bed to sleep on, I knew what he'd done so is a slightly worried we were also long way from the road, I headed out the last bit of ground around Bishops Lydeard, if gone looking for him I would have lost a day, all the staff knew he was in the building somewhere.
I've arrived back in Langport, quicker than I expected as I have to go to Stoke sub Hamdon to get some new solar battery bits from mobile solar chargers, I also finish off some of the graves and memorials in the area as I had there and back.
Monday I head for Ilminster to catch up on a couple of bits there and I suspect it will be Bridgwater after that.