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Thursday, 7 October 2010

For King and Country

Here are two war grave markers from the same family and they span both the First and Second World Wars, the main headstone would have been chosen by the family and depicts a fallen soldier, the crown above it can symbolise the sovereignty of the Lord and may also denote a Christian Martyr. The two letters at either side of the relief are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, Alpha and Omega - the Beginning and the End.
The front headstone has come from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and this uniform shape and style, ensured that all those who gave their life for their country, would be remembered equally.
  



Main headstone

Greater Love hath no man than this
that a man lay down his life for his friends

To the memory of 
Alan Tweedie-Smith Lieut. 1st Queens Royal West Surreys
who was killed at the battle of Loos, France
on the 13th October 1915
aged 21 years
and of
Douglas Tweedie-Smith Lieut. Royal Flying Corps
who died on 10th day of April 1916
after an aeroplane accident at St. Omer, France
aged 19 years

Front headstone

Captain J. P. Tweedie-Smith
'Val'
The Essex Regiment
7th February 1940 age 32

~ the J.P. stand for John Percival ~  



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