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War Graves of Great Bircham

By boov  
Short walk from our stay... in Great Bircham is the 13th century church of St Mary's, seemed to be just another church, similar to most in Norfolk... but then in the far left corner set aside with purpose was , well this extract tells it better than me.... The first WW2 grave in the Churchyard was that of the German airman Emil Rödel who was buried in an unused corner of the Churchyard in December 1939. In February 1940 the Imperial (later Commonwealth) War Graves Commission (CWGC) applied to create a plot in which to bury the war dead. Approval was given, and the current plot, which included the grave of Emil Rödel, was laid out in March 1940. The German grave was in the ”wrong place” for the proposed layout of the plot and the Authorities planned to move the grave. However the villagers objected to the interference of the grave and it was left undisturbed. There are a total of 66 Commonwealth graves and 11 German graves in the plot . There are 2 army, 1 naval, and one WAAF’s grave in the churchyard. All members of the Commonwealth are represented with airmen from Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa lying side by side. There is also an American serving with the RAF, who joined before America entered the War. The body of an unidentified RAF Pilot Officer was recovered from the sea and lies with his comrades.
His Majesty King George VI, accompanied by his Queen and the Princess’s Elizabeth and Margaret, unveiled the Cross of Sacrifice on 14th July 1946. The Cross was the first to be erected after the 1939 -1945 war and stands near the east wall. Let into the wall behind it is an inscribed bronze plaque erected in March 1955 recording these facts.

Thanks for viewing and listening, hope images do the write up justice........

Tags: Photo journalism General Architecture Black and white Landscape and travel

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Comments


1 Jul 2013 10:56AM
Interesting write up Jim and a super set of images,
Fred.

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KingBee Plus
11 522 2 Scotland
1 Jul 2013 11:11AM
Excellent write-up, fascinating story. A touching image also.

Regards.

Bob
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 118 Scotland
1 Jul 2013 11:54AM
You have documented the graveyard so well and provided a very full and interesting narrative to explain the situation: interesting that the locals objected to the German grave being interfered with.
Ronnie.
ugly Plus
9 9 57 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 12:09PM
I do like V6 best..
Very nice images..

Dave
Mrsbass 4 2 1 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 12:34PM
Beautiful series Jim and the write up informative. Your images portray such a sense of peace when looking at them, I love the dappled sunlight accross the gravestones, we should never forget these people who are unknown to us yet gave us opportunity and freedom many take for granted today. Very moving.
1 Jul 2013 1:04PM
Great right up and wonderful images
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
1 Jul 2013 1:51PM
Very interesting and good captures.......Sandy
1 Jul 2013 2:05PM
A very interesting set and they create a sombre picture which is exactly right. I remember seeing the grave of some German airmen in the churchyard of a church on the Isle of Sheppey. It was not long after the war had ended and they were very well looked after.

Harriet
ColleenA Plus
5 347 5 Australia
1 Jul 2013 2:12PM

Quote:Beautiful series Jim and the write up informative. Your images portray such a sense of peace when looking at them, I love the dappled sunlight accross the gravestones, we should never forget these people who are unknown to us yet gave us opportunity and freedom many take for granted today. Very moving.

Couldnt have put it better, great set
1 Jul 2013 2:22PM
An interesting and poignant set of images, Jim - a very informative write up, too.
Thanks for sharing.
Richard
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
1 Jul 2013 2:23PM
Great write up and super photos Jim Smile
debu 7 India
1 Jul 2013 3:44PM
Lovely set of images.
debu
1 Jul 2013 3:50PM
A very touching set... We must remember them!
Regards Valery
1 Jul 2013 4:09PM
Excellent write up,touching images..Lin
nonur Plus
8 17 12 Turkey
1 Jul 2013 4:15PM
A wonderful set, each image is excellent. So well done.
ali63 Plus
5 775 1 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 5:14PM
Great set of images,

Ali Grin
danbrann 13 636 17
1 Jul 2013 6:33PM
What a great narrative to with this superb set of images.
capto Plus
5 4.7k 8 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 6:45PM
A lovely lump in the throat set. I love the way the stones come from the shadows into the light in v1.Smile

ivor
Mike_Smith Plus
10 420 1 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 7:59PM
Cracking set and very interesting write up
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 145 15 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 8:15PM
A great series and write upSmile


Cliff
Tish1 Plus
4 16 3 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2013 9:10PM
A sad but noble tribute to all who died, regardless of which country they represented. The write up is very moving, as are these images................ So proud of the villagers for not allowing the grave of a fallen airman to be disturbed, his nationality is irrelevant, he still deserves respect.

These images are well photographed and the mono's are very apt.

Tish
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
1 Jul 2013 9:59PM

Quote:A lovely lump in the throat set. I love the way the stones come from the shadows into the light in v1.Smile

ivor


Well said Ivor GrinGrin Lovely work here Jim Smile

Rod
Rende 10 38 4 Netherlands
1 Jul 2013 10:29PM
Excellent set Jim, and interesting info too.
Rende
Bravdo 9 17 2 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 4:09PM
Super set of images and a good write up. V4 particularly catched my eye

Barry
2 Jul 2013 4:59PM
Wonderful set great images !
George
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 7:08PM
Fantastic set Jim, and great write up. Thanks.
Brian
JuBarney 6 25 3 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2013 8:23PM
A lovely set so beautifully captured
Ju
footloose 6 1 England
3 Jul 2013 8:04AM
A good write up, and a fine set of images.
Dennis
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 11:17AM
Excellent write up which explains in good detail the graves and history behind them. There were casualties and victims on both sides. Lets pray its never repeated. Paul
CHRISB911 11 54 1
3 Jul 2013 4:20PM
excellent set of images
chris
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 10:37PM
Very informative and a great selection of images
Lillian
xwang 8 56 8
4 Jul 2013 10:23PM
Beautiful set, nice processing ...excellent writing up...
No, you can't find WiFi there... but it seemed that you took a lot of interesting photos...
Con todo el respeto del lugar es una imagen impresionante..
15 Jul 2013 12:24AM
A powerful and affecting sequence that has extra resonance for me as an ex (long ex) RAF bod. Thank you.
chensuriashi Plus
11 270 17 England
29 Jul 2013 1:50PM
Put a lump in my throat too...great shots if a little sad. Chen.

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