061111.Bradford, Cemeteries and Armistice Day

November 11, 2006 at 2:52 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bradford, Budapest, cemeteries - churchyards - and tombstones, Conservation, countryside, cumulus clouds, Flowers, Gardens & Parks, Monuments and Memorials, New York, people, somerset, towns | 6 Comments

Friday’s lecturer was a distinguished, and thoroughly British, structural engineer who had worked on all the great English Heritage listings. Out of all the case studies he projected, what struck me was his outfit. Accepting that it was a tad cold in the room, he wore a very formal heavy suit with a maroon vest and even had attached a gold pocket watch chain. His whole appearance was very colourful, which is how I came to notice that pinned to his label was a red and black poppy.


My grandfather’s occupation required him to frequently travel and these were two photos he took sometime in May of 1948. The first is the otherwise unremarkable skyline of Geneva, Switzerland but he had typed on the back of the photo that the League of Nations’ headquarters building (Palais des Nations) was located at the extreme right of the horizon line. (I believe the old League of Nations’ HQ building, Palais Wilson, is on the extreme left of the horizon line.) The second photo is of a then recent WWII cemetery in Arnheim, Holland, filled with wooden crosses marking the graves of fallen American soldiers whose bodies had not yet been sent home, or their grave markers made permanent with a stone cross.


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Wikipedia Photo. Calvary Cemetery, Queens

Today in the US, Amistice Day is known as Veteran’s Day due to the events that occurred between the League of Nations building and this cemetery in Arnheim.

Please see my previous posted photo of a Hungarian WWI monument-like memorial, and here for the post explaining it.
The cemetery at Beckford’s Tower in Bradford, previously posted, struck my eye because of the incredible swirling clouds and its location on Lansdown Hill overlooking the city of Bath.

It reminded me of this last photo, which I grabbed off Wikipedia’s Photo of the Day a while back, and which features the cemetery in New York City that that grandfather is buried in.

It would appear Bath has fewer people to bury and fewer buildings to house them in than New York City.


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  1. “a gold pocket watch chain”. I had been thinking what it is in the class, and now I finally got the answer. The colours of sky in these photos are incredible!

  2. i have been curious about this red and black poppy pin for long time and finally got an answer today. Thnaks!

  3. By now Remembrance Day is nearly done on your side of the pond.
    I leave you with this most famous poem of WWI. It was written by John McCrae, a Canadian soldier, doctor, and poet the day after a close friend was killed in combat:

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow.
    Loved, and were loved, and now lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe;
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch, be yours to hold it high.

    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

  4. This is the link Mimmu was referring to at Sydney DP, explaiining “Remembrance Day.”


  5. Your photograph of the cemetery at Beckford’s Tower in Bradford is both beautiful and haunting. I can almost hear the long-forgotten voices of the dead speaking through those tombstones. Very nice work. Thanks for your compliment over at my website by the way!

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