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Flax Cross on Every NZ War Grave


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Hi All,

As many readers of this thread, are also volunteers who are placing the Crosses and photographing the New Zealand graves, I thought that I would take this opportunity to update you on the progress of the project.

There are 344 Cemeteries containing service personel who served with the NZ Forces in the 2 Wars and who are buried in UK. Of these 257 have been Photographed already. Another 58 Cemeteries have Volunteers who have agreed to photograph them, and 29 Cemeteries still require Volunteers. I have listed the outstanding Cemeteries below, and if any readers can cover any of these Cemeteries, please let me know, and I will send you some Crosses.

Kind Regards,

Brian Hillman

Netley Military Cemetery, Hampshire, 1

Kingsdown (St John) Churchyard, Ringwould, Kent, 1

Margate Cemetery, Kent, Kent, 1

Crathie Cemetery, Crathie & Braemar, Aberdeenshire, 1

Dyce Old Churchyard, Aberdeenshire, 4

Peterhead Old Churchyard, Aberdeenshire, 1

Arbroath Western Cemetery, Angus, 4

Dundee (Balgay) Cemetery, Angus, 2

Dundee Eastern Necropolis, Angus, 1

Kirriemuir Cemetery, Angus, 1

Montrose (Sleepyhillock) Cemetery, Angus, 5

Auchinleck Parish Churchyard, Ayrshire, 1

Troon Cemetery, Ayrshire, Ayrshire , 1

Banff Cemetery , Banffshire, 1

Fordyce Old Churchyard ARD, Banffshire, 1

Annan Cemetery, Dumfriesshire, 2

Glasgow (Craigton) Cemetery, Glasgow, 3

Kinloss Abbey Burial Ground, Moray, 6

Lossiemouth Burial Ground , Moray, 3

Kirkwall (St Olaf's) Cemetery , Orkney, 4

Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Orkney, 1

Stoneykirk Cemetery, Wigtownshire, 1

Stranraer (Glebe) Cemetery, Wigtownshire, 3

Killay (St Hilary of Poictiers) Churchyard, Glamorganshire, 1

Llantwit Major Cemetery, Glamorganshire, 5

Neath (Illantwit) Cemetery , Glamorganshire, 1

Porthcawl Cemetery , Glamorganshire, 1

Carew (St Mary) New Churchyard, Pembrokeshire, 1

Robeston Wathen Churchyard, Pembrokeshire, 1

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I can do Netley. Will send a pm with my address.

Keith

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Hi All,

A message from Dolores in New Zealand.

"Thanks to all the Kind Volunteers who are helping with this Project World Wide. Just to let you know that I will be away for the whole of May, and will not be able to respond to offers of help until I return at the end of May. Offers of help in UK can be sent to Brian Hillman, and other urgent matters can also be sent to him until I return. - Thank you - Dolores Ho"

Any urgent messages for Dolores can be sent via a PM to me.

I have listed below the outstanding Cemeteries in UK, without a Volunteer to place a Cross and Photograph the grave. If anyone can help, either post a message on this site, or send me a PM.

Kind Regards,

Brian Hillman

Kingsdown (St John) Churchyard, Ringwould, Kent, 1

Margate Cemetery, Kent, Kent, 1

Crathie Cemetery, Crathie & Braemar, Aberdeenshire, 1

Dyce Old Churchyard, Aberdeenshire, 4

Peterhead Old Churchyard, Aberdeenshire, 1

Banff Cemetery , Banffshire, 1

Fordyce Old Churchyard ARD, Banffshire, 1

Kinloss Abbey Burial Ground, Moray, 6

Lossiemouth Burial Ground , Moray, 3

Kirkwall (St Olaf's) Cemetery , Orkney, 4

Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Orkney, 1

Killay (St Hilary of Poictiers) Churchyard, Glamorganshire, 1

Llantwit Major Cemetery, Glamorganshire, 5

Neath (Illantwit) Cemetery , Glamorganshire, 1

Porthcawl Cemetery , Glamorganshire, 1

Carew (St Mary) New Churchyard, Pembrokeshire, 1

Robeston Wathen Churchyard, Pembrokeshire, 1

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If you are still looking for a volunteer for the Kinloss and Lossiemouth Cemeteries in Moray, I can do them. I'll send you a pm.

Jill

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I happened to stop at Escoublac-La Baule cemetery in western France yesterday, and saw that there were several New Zealanders buried there from WWII. So I was sorry that I had not got any flax crosses with me to leave for them. The few NZ stones that I saw (I think there are 5 or 6, looking at the CWGC website) looked freshly re-cut, and very smart.

Angela

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I'm close to Dunnville and Jarvis Ontario, where there are six RNZAF airmen buried, casualties of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

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I would be more than happy to place crosses when visiting cemeteries. I'll be in France most weekends for the coming year.

The crosses even made it onto the front cover of my latest project.

Regards

Grant

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My wife and I have visited 10 graves in Ontario so far, six R.N.Z.A.F. (Toronto 1, Dunnville 5) and four R.N.Z.N (F.A.A.) Kingston 4.

I think these may be the first ones to be done in Canada.

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Dolores is coming to UK this month, and will be at the Cannock Chase ANZAC day memorial service on Sunday 17 April, and in London in the latter part of the month. She would like to meet as many Volunteers as possible.If you would like to meet, please PM me and we can arrange to meet up. Brian.

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My wife and I have visited 10 graves in Ontario so far, six R.N.Z.A.F. (Toronto 1, Dunnville 5) and four R.N.Z.N (F.A.A.) Kingston 4.

I think these may be the first ones to be done in Canada.

Michael.. Do you know if there are any NZ graves in BC,

Aye Rob.

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It will be great if some volunteers for the Dolores Cross project can come along to meet Dolores next week. (PM Brian for details). Hope to meet some of the other volunteers

Judy

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I am hoping to be there and look forward to putting faces to some names . Just returned from Ypres after taking part in the Last Post ceremony a tremendous priviledge

best wishes Joan

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Hello Joan, I do hope you can come. When I was at the service at Westminster Abbey on Anzac Day I heard a voice call my name - looked around and it was Dolores. She had recognised me from some photos. What a surprise! We had a really good chat afterwards. She was then going on a tour of UK. She is so looking forward to meeting volunteers who have helped/are helping with her project.

best wishes

Judy

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Michael.. Do you know if there are any NZ graves in BC,

Aye Rob.

Rob,

Sorry to be so long replying. Yes, there are

DOHERTY, ANDREW JOSEPH

Sergeant

414549

RNZAF

16-Dec-42

Sec. D. Plot 20. Grave 17.

VICTORIA (ROYAL OAK) BURIAL PARK

McLEOD, HERBERT DAVID

Sergeant

405556

RNZAF

28-Sep-43

Sec. D. Plot 20. Grave 7.

VICTORIA (ROYAL OAK) BURIAL PARK

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