A most interesting thread, thank you to all the contributors.
Chris_Baker, on 30 January 2012 - 11:07 AM, said:
Must admin, I am finding this topic rather barren.
Does anyone believe that there are no human remains buried in the CWGC cemeteries?
Does anyone believe that every single grave marker carries the correct details of the man it represents, and that it is precisely positioned above his remains?
Every grave ?
No, but I was pretty sure there would have been some clear method of detailing the grave markers,
or else the headstone would have been listed as 'Unknown ".
Certainly the cemteries around the hospitals, farther away from the front, should have had fairly decent records.
' Known to be ' memorial stone are that.. they have documentation, maybe even a witness to the original burial, but no body
' Believed to be '.. documentation, but no body.
A name.. should have had clear means of identifying the remains put in front of the stone.
In the article around St Julien and the trees, one of the locals suggested moving the headstones, as if he wasnt thinking about what was underneath them.
I live in Brussels for now, and the amount that people here don't know about WWI is really shocking,
they dont study it all, despite lots of it happening all around them.. and for them..