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Maddingly Memorial

I took this photograph a long time ago at the Maddingly American War Cemetery just outside Cambridge hence camera details are non-existant.

This is a very poignant place to visit because within are the graves of 3,812 American service personnel who lost their lives in World War 2 and on the Tablets of the Missing wall behind the monument are a further 5,127 names of those with no known grave.

With Armistice Day just a few weeks away it feels right that we should think of these matters from time to time, particularly with Britains involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This link takes you to the website for the cemetery http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/ca.php

Hey guess what, on Tuesday evening I won the third of 2008's league competitions in my Camera Club with a print of Manx Racer that you saw on 26th.May this year which looks like this http://brianaw.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Manx_Racer_/. I rather gather the judge is/was a racing fan as he seemed to know quite a bit about the sport, anyway, beggers can't be choosers can they!

 

Maddingly Memorial

I took this photograph a long time ago at the Maddingly American War Cemetery just outside Cambridge hence camera details are non-existant.

This is a very poignant place to visit because within are the graves of 3,812 American service personnel who lost their lives in World War 2 and on the Tablets of the Missing wall behind the monument are a further 5,127 names of those with no known grave.

With Armistice Day just a few weeks away it feels right that we should think of these matters from time to time, particularly with Britains involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This link takes you to the website for the cemetery http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/ca.php

Hey guess what, on Tuesday evening I won the third of 2008's league competitions in my Camera Club with a print of Manx Racer that you saw on 26th.May this year which looks like this http://brianaw.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Manx_Racer_/. I rather gather the judge is/was a racing fan as he seemed to know quite a bit about the sport, anyway, beggers can't be choosers can they!

 

comments (10)

So they brought these GIs back from Europe Brian?

I'm steeling myself to visit Theipval: Menin Gate et al one day. Have you been there?
Brian Walbey: It is a very poignant place to experience Chris, a lovely spot for the last resting place for these young men. We haven't been anywhere near enough to go to the Menin Gate, although all the coach tours go there now and perhaps it has lost a bit of original meaning.
Well done on the competition Brian!

It is no bad thing to be reminded what we owe to our American cousins.

The national memorial Arboretum in Alrewas is well worth a visit too.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill, we have been thinking about going to Alrewas during the past couple of days. We will give it a few more days as the leaves continue to turn then go if the weather holds.
The sight of the site of so many lost young lives is always very poignant, Brian.
Brian Walbey: The crosses are in ranks and groups down the side of hill Chad and are very awe inspiring, and can be seen on the hillside from several miles away.
Nothing to say ... I'm just thinking.

richard
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, it is a place where you can do no more than stand and think, it almost feels an intrusion to take photographs. A lot of the crosses are just inscribed to an unknown soldier, very sad.
wonderful composition and congratulations on the competition win Briansmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tim, this is one of those monuments that helps make a good composition.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Oct 2008, 19:11
I've been here, more than once, each time I've found it hard to keep back the tears.

The cemetery is a magnificent tribute to the service personnel who lost their lives. It's always immaculate and visitors always seem numbed by the sheer numbers. We "won" peace with their help, but my goodness, what a cost.

Am I right that it's there because there was a huge US base nearby?

And, congratulations too, remember to edit the details for that picture now
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ellie, I'm glad someone who has been here has looked at the picture today, it is difficult to always get over the atmosphere at a place like this. There was several U.S.air bases nearby during W.W.II and quite a few army bases also as far as I know.
  • FLOOG
  • The valleys of a contented soul
  • 9 Oct 2008, 19:27
Wonderful sentiments, Brian, which I wholeheartedly agree with and support. Quite right that our current war heroes across the globe should be recognised as well as those who laid down their lives to allow us the freedom we now take for granted.

I stood at the war memorial in Moscow and openly wept, the pride of a misunderstood nation, the passion and the sacrifice which deprived almost every household of at least one good man. Our family lost a good man in the Falklands war and I have nothing but thanks and admiration for all of our serving men and woman, whilst also appreciating that same sacrifice in other nations, even those with whom we have seen as our enemy.

Many congratulations on your very well deserved success
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment and congratualtions paul. I have a very poignant picture to post on 11th.November from this sad but amazing place. If you are ever near Cambridge call in here for a while, you will be moved.
  • Alan
  • Back home, Post Vacational Depression setting in
  • 9 Oct 2008, 22:34
A very poignant image, Brian. I have a fascination for War Memorials such as this, mainly for their neatness and enormity with the needless loss of life.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan, everyone who has commented has realised just what this beautiful place represents.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Oct 2008, 23:07
It looks like a very beautiful setting with all those serried ranks of graves behind - a poignant reminder of those who gave their lives. I have never been to a military cemetary before - I think I should like to visit one.
Congrats on your success at the Camera Club!
Ingrid
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ingrid, and for the congrats. I don't know if there are any other such places in the U.K.but this is certainly a place that really makes you think about times gone by. It almost seems embarrasing at times to actually take pictures there.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 9 Oct 2008, 23:35
I love it when a photo comes up of a place I've seen in person. This is such a lovely spot and beautifully keep. Lovely capture of it Brian.
Brian Walbey: I'm glad you made it to this very sad place Aussie, no doubt there will be something like this in Australia for the men from your country who have died in the wars also.

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