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greeny

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WW 1
« on: May 09, 2009, 03:41 PM »
HI reading the paper this morning work as started on mass war graves of 5,553 men masssacred near the village of fromellies northern france in july 1916  which there is unmarked grave of 400 british and aussie men ,dug by the germans ,using forensic technology and advanced d n a techniques , the team hope to identify each soldier and give them the military buriel they deserve

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Re: WW 1
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2009, 07:18 PM »
Great news, lets hope they can find a family member to attend the reburials.

Vanessa

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Re: WW 1
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2009, 11:54 PM »
HI.. I think it would be better to let them rest in peace,why disturb them after they have been there all this time  :o  :( ,I have  been to the graves, has i said let them rest. :(
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2009, 12:12 PM »
I don't know, I have a family member who died on the 7th July 1916, all we have is a name on a memorial, we have no idea where his last resting place is. It would be nice to know that where he lies is marked for future generations to visit and remember.

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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2009, 08:30 PM »
hi i agree with you that all soldiers who died in any war ,should have a grave so they can be remembered , i have a cousin that i never met ,he was 19 when he  was killed in belgium 1944 but he as a war grave there ,so well look after so future generation will know the names of the men that died for us

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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2009, 09:59 AM »
I've been to Belgium several times and visited cemetaries where I was impressed how well the graves were kept.  I walked around, reading the names and thinking about the men (and boys!) who died.  I think there is a quote "Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them".  Many of the dead may have relatives in a far off place who have never been able to visit so we should go so that none of the dead are forgotten.
On the other side of things, I saw so many memorials for the soldiers whose bodies were never found and for some reason I found them profoundly sad.  I'm not sure why we feel the need to have a grave for a focus.  In peace time, cremations seem fine but in war there seems to be desire to have a place for those who died in battle.

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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2009, 11:26 PM »
The Germans offered a cease fire so that the Allies could recover the bodies  - but "we" refused.

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Re: WW 1
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2009, 09:31 AM »
I think it is right and proper to have a grave for the families to know were there love ones are. I have 4 members of the family who were killed during the wars. The 1st war was my Fathers cousin he was 25 and is buried in Poperinge,West Vlaanderen, Belgium.   The next are all the 2nd war was my cousin aged 19 Prenes British Cemetry,Pas de Calais France he is buried. Then my mums cousins two of her sons were killed One aged 22 he is buried at Casino Memorial Italy. and her youngest son aged 17 is buried of Fallmore Graveyard Ireland . He was killed on the Mashona, It was 10yrs later before the family knew were he was buried they thought he was lost at sea. They went as soon as they could to say there goodbyes and it was a relief to know were he was at last. Fudge