Why not join us on one of this years guided tours of the WW1 graves in Ramsgate Cemetery? Ramsgate Cemetery was opened in March 1871 on a pleasant hillside overlooking the town. An extension was added later. During the First World War most of the men and women who died were buried overseas but nevertheless there are about a hundred WW1 graves in Ramsgate Cemetery. Most of them are marked by CWGC gravestones but there are others which are not.
Ramsgate’s Roll of Honour from WW1 was lost during the Second World War so I am re-creating it in memory of my paternal grandfather who died in France in October 1918. If you go to St George’s Church in Ramsgate you will see the town’s war memorial in front of the main entrance but there are no names listed on it.There are, however, a number of plaques inside the church and other Roll of Honour boards still exist in local schools and churches. Not all the names listed have been found on the CWGC website so I have used local newspapers and street directories to find out more about the families. Stories about survivors are just as interesting. People move around a lot more these days so I have been surprised how many families still live locally a hundred years later. Continue reading LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN