Counting the dead


This is maybe one of the most striking items displayed at the Imperial war Museum of London… At first sight it looks like a normal military map ofthe south of Bapaume, in the Somme…

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But a deeper look shows a terrible reality: every single square of the map is annotated with a figure, handwritten in blue…

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These figures are sadly the number of British dead soldiers buried in each square of the map, in individual or mass graves. This map was indeed used in the post-war years when the graves were moved to the new war cemeteries.

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WW1 graves of Highgate Cemetery


The Eastern section of Highgate Cemetery in London is well-known for the grave of Karl Marx and its very gothic atmosphere, I couldn’t miss it! Among the thousands of graves, I was able to locate some of them linked in some way to fallen soldiers of the First World War, here they are…

To begin, a double grave, for two brothers: Gordon Dawe, who died from wounds received during the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and Bert Dawe, who was killed by a sniper in 1917.

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Then, the grave of the corporal Billingham of the Rifle Brigade, killed in August 1918.

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The grave of private J. Leighfield, killed in october 1918.

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The sad grave of an artilleryman, sergeant major, E. Hill-Jones.

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Almost hidden, the grave of the second lieutenant D.H. Weedon, killed in November 1917.

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The grave of a lieutenant of the London Rifle Brigade, T.A. Prior. He died in 1921, aged 34.

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The grave of private Auger of the Essex regiment.

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And finally, the grave of lieutenant A.H. Boney of the K.R.R. Corps.

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