michaeldr Posted 7 September , 2004 Share Posted 7 September , 2004 Note - 16th June 2008; This old thread was somewhere in the GWF archives, sans the original photographs (which no doubt saved some space). In view of a recent question about headstone design at this cemetery, I have revived it with the aid of 'Photoshop' and 'Photobucket' [though after this long interval of years, I cannot be absolutely certain that these photographs are exactly as in the original] On Monday 30th August 2004, I visited the Ramleh CWGC Cemetery to take care of some photography on behalf of three of the Pals. This was my third such visit to this cemetery in 2003/4 and some changes could be seen this time as it seems that a programme of refurbishment has begun there. The first thing which I noticed was that some trees have been cut down and while I regret the loss of any tree, I can imagine that their roots may have been causing problems. On the plus side, the now open aspect makes the cemetery seem more inclusive and less divided. I understand that work will be done to level some presently uneven areas and that the headstones are to be realigned and given new foundations. The latter work has already commenced and afforded an opportunity to see how the CWGC achieve their classic ‘parade ground’ uniformity. The blocks of graves are divided into rows each containing 15 headstones. Each of these rows of headstones stands in a single strip of concrete foundation and is checked for alignment by lines running from the corresponding rows in the neighbouring blocks. When the new foundation is ready to receive the headstone, the latter is put in place with cement and clamped there until it has set into its new bed. The clamps consist of two spars running up from the corresponding headstone in the row behind; from the foot of the rear headstone to either side of the top of the one to be newly set in place. The new foundation strip is neither wide, nor does it reach up to ground level. Thus when the installation work is finished, it can be discretely covered with soil and plants placed very close by, so as to complete the usual appearance of the grave. See below two photographs of the foundation work Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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