05 March 2007

War graves, Rookwood










5 comments:

Nick Zegarac said...

Stoic and silent, these markers endure to tell the tale. You've captured a haunted essence of beautiful tragedy.

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I've always loved to look at graves. This looks like a great place.

Abraham Lincoln said...

War graves. I looked at the photos and saw the names. Those were once real living people who found themselves at that moment in time when their life on earth came to an end. Did they think, "Mother!" Or, did they yell-out to their mother for help. So many do. What a waste of living beings to slaughter them in wars. It is a shame and perhaps a mortal sin that people are not able to get along in this world in peace. It makes me wonder if they will be warlike in Heaven or Hell or wherever the war-mongers end up.

Your photographs captured a sensitive place reserved for fallen heros. I think you did a magnificent job with a touchy subject and I thank you for your work. Beautiful. Brookville Daily Photo

James said...

interesting how they put the insignia on top and the cross or other religious symbol on the bottom.
in the US, it's the other way around...religious symbols always in the more prominent location on top than the assignment contingent or the war name designation. wonder who made that decision and what it all means?

Sally said...

James - you don't seem to have a Blogger profile, so I couldn't reply directly to you. I have only just read these comments now (sorry!)

Anyway, there is a bit about the design of the graves and headstones here:

http://www.welikesheep.com/archives/2004/08/why_i_hate_san.html

It doesn't answer your question, however.

And this, the official War Graves Commission site is really interesting:

http://www.cwgc.org/content.asp?menuid=2&submenuid=10&id=10&menuname=Architecture&menu=sub