Going through my notes and adding things. Over fifty pages for an average talk/tour of forty minutes.
So why are the notes so long?
Never used or needed all of the notes. There are there for backup and to answer questions. The first part of the notes cover the Units, American, British, and Canadian based at Shorncliffe Garrison in the years up to 1920. Plus modern British Army Regiments and Corps that have been stationed there.
Followed by a note of the extent of Shorncliffe Garrison.
A quick run down of what surrounds the cemetery. Martello towers, the different designs of the two within easy walking distance. Which one opened fire on an airship in the First World War, where the tower a soldier got shot in is. The World War II trench, the trench dug by the Royal Engineers in 1918, the practice trenches, the Tolsford Hill trenches, where William Tull was based. Where the the American hospital in WWII was, that sort of thing.
Bit on the Canadian Hospitals, the VD hospital,
Little bit on War Poets, Sorley, and John McCrae were both at Shorncliffe. There is also a rather tenuous link to E A Mackintosh
A little piece on the Spitfire, Hurricane, and the Halifax bomber pilots buried there, and the other pilots.
As I tend to mention Flynn the Machine Gunner, A few lines on the Americans, and
the Royal Canadian Air Force. There are notes about Step-Short and the FWW commemorations in Folkestone.
A couple of pages on Major Bellamy and the Irish Marriage Laws.
Notes on Key dates, 13th October 1915, 25th May 1917, 28th November 1920, 24th May 1941, and the 29th May 1944.
The two 14 year old and the 16 year old Boy Soldiers buried in the cemetery.
Notes on the suicides. The Victorian, Novelist, the leading Methodist clergyman buried there.
The child who were killed in both World Wars, the three VCs
Reminders of the War in the Far East, Major Close, is buried in the cemetery. A reminder about the Malayan Emergency, a soldier killed by the CTs is commemorated in the cemetery. It is surprising who asks questions, I once showed a relative of Chin Peng (google him) around the cemetery.
Notes about the American Service man who was buried there. notes about some of the Americans, Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders, and Africans both black and white who are buried there. The oldest Memorials, they date from circa 1804. A note on the wooden Victorian grave marker. The earliest grave, the secret burials, the hidden graves. Reminders about the crewmen from a U-boat who were once buried there. The air raid victims from both World Wars.
The notes are increasing, more pages will be added. As I need something to sit on when my legs give way.
Oh if my legs do give way on a tour with you. This is what to do, tilt your head skyward start to whistle and slowly walk away. I will be fine after a few minutes.