18 August 2007

Photo Hunt - Two

The theme of this week's is Two. I returned to a favourite stamping ground for photographs, the churchyard of St Andrew's in Hornchurch, and noticed that there were a number of war graves with two occupants.


I have no idea who the Farrants were but looking at their age they must have been brothers. They died after the end of hostilities in November 1918. How sad to live through a bloody conflict like the Great War then die just after.

Mr Bruce died during WWI, his wife who also died just after the end of hostilities is buried with him.


The story of the men from Niue who served in the Maori Pioneer battalion is very sad. See this earlier post for more information

56 comments:

Anonymous said...

that's a very sombre bunch of photos for the theme - but beautiful shots nonetheless! A happy weekend to you too! :)

CRIZ LAI said...

Tombstones? That's really different from what I had in mind. Nice shots for the theme anyway. Have a lovely weekend! http://crizlai.blogspot.com/2007/08/photo-hunters-two.html

-tnchick- said...

Great photos! I love your idea on two. Reminds me of many graves at the National Military Cemetery here in Nashville. I've walked in there with my camera a few times.

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful take on this weeks theme. Very serene and peaceful.

Alison said...
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Alison said...

Jams, I've never seen twos before, sad but interesting. You might like this website www.cwgc.org. This gives you their names and sometimes family details too.

Jonzz said...

Aw, that is indeed a sombre take on the theme 'Two'. Reminds us of the serious repercussions and sacrifices of war.

Rach said...

Very somber, but great pics. It's quite common over here to be buried in the same grave as your partner or other family members.

Have a great weekend :-)

Anonymous said...

Great photos - I love old gravesites.

Happy Weekend.

Susan Demeter said...

I love spending time in cemeteries, they are so rich in local history. Happy photo hunting!

Anonymous said...

A little somber but very interesting! Have a great weekend!

MaR said...

Interesting shots, so many stories behind them...
happy weekend!

SabineM said...

Nice photos! great way to remember the ones who have served for freedom a long time ago!

jams o donnell said...

THanks all.

Doh Alison! I never thought to look up the Commomwealth war grave site. Thanks!

ipanema said...

Those are great photos! Thanks for sharing. :)

Anonymous said...

Maybe they were victims of the 'flu epidemic of 1918-19....Jen

Myrna said...

very sad, but greaat photos...

Thanks for stopping by.

jams o donnell said...

Thanks all for stopping by. That could be the answer jen. It did take a lot more lives across the world than the war itself.

bonggamom said...

I like the idea of the married couple being together, even in death. Very sad, poignant and touching.

Hootin' Anni said...

VERY interesting.

Anonymous said...

I really think that graveyards in Great Britain are amazing. Most of the ones we have on the west coast of the U.S.A. are downright boring...
Your country is so old and has so much history. Enjoyed your photos and take on this weeks hunt...

Karen said...

Interesting shots. Graveyards can be fascinating places. I like to try to piece things together like you did.

Anonymous said...

I have read somewhere that graveyards in GB are interesting, like history lessons. You had a different take on this theme, Jams.

have a great weekend! :)

Anonymous said...

My husband and I enjoy going through old cemeteries. They are so peaceful and rich with history!

Great take on the theme this week.

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

A very great post and a very good find too.
Mine is up too.

Katya said...

Jams, very well done. Graves tell so many sad stories and sometimes they really make one think! Very interesting, indeed!

Anonymous said...

It is quite historical and memorable...An interesting story too.

Andree said...

this is a beautiful and somber post. I thank you for it. There are so many tragedies there.

Anonymous said...

Very thoughtful pictures there.

Anonymous said...

love the last shot and the color treatment. great idea for this week's theme! :)

happy hunting!

eastcoastlife said...

So sad. And there would be lots of great love stories behind the graves of husband and wives. I dislike wars. Why can't men live in peace.

Anonymous said...

i've always loved to do a shoot in a graveyard. they have so many interesting subjects. i just hope the dearly departed won't mind! =D

Iv├┐ said...

thanks for sharing such a story. it's nice...

my 2nd photohunt is up already: Dear Me

jams o donnell said...

Thanks all for your comments

A. said...

Did nobody else have a problem with your link to the earlier post? I had to get to it through your tags because the link seems to think I'm masquerading as you!

Back to the subject at hand - a great post and great shots! Good to have something thought-provoking.

Lynn said...

Tombstones, interesting, kind of unique too. Interesting to note also the stories behind the tombstones.

jams o donnell said...

Thanks. A thanks for the heads up. I have repaired the link to teh Niue servicemen. Totally cocked up the link and pointed to the post edit.

Chris said...

Sorry this is so late.

Many thanks for those photos. I'm now all fired up and rarin' to go and visit Brookwood cemetery, just a few miles from here. Very interesting place and will do a post on it after my visit.

Thanks for calling by.

Daisy said...

There is such a sense of history at old graveyards.

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Old cemetery's are very interesting.
Mom used to do rubbings of the gravestones. In some places they've made it illegal.

~ Gracie and Miss Emily

Anonymous said...

Very nice photos for the hunt this week. I especially like the last one.

Anonymous said...

Great idea for the theme! I never knew there were two people buried in the same grave. It seems a bit odd to me. But, I guess to rest in peace with the one you love would be a good final rest.

Have a great Saturday and thanks for dropping by my birthday tribute. :)

Whirlwind said...

Great shots!

Anonymous said...

Very well done.

ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen) said...

Great shots! They are sad, yet beautiful.

The Daily Matters said...

Interesting! Thanks for stopping by.
The Daily Matters

Anonymous said...

my parents are oso buried in a tombstone for two :) it was my dad's wish

Anonymous said...

interesting post. thanks for sharing them.

thanks for visiting my blog too.

jams o donnell said...

Thanks all

Shawna said...

Nice shots! Very unique but sad, too.

Anonymous said...

great shot as usual!

Wilson said...

Worth remembering photos...",)

Anonymous said...

Interesting pictures.

Hope you are having a great weekend

jams o donnell said...

Thanks all

Journo June aka MamaBear said...

Nice reminder to be grateful for the freedoms we enjoy. Photo Hunters

Liz Hinds said...

The first one is wonderful and very moving. How many families suffered losses like that? There must have been many.