I suspect that it is not an expression that one spots regularly in a cemetery. On Saturday, I read the update from Epitaphs of the Great War about Lance Corporal Horace Albert Millard who had similar wording on his headstone.
The following day, I was at Old Church Cemetery (Clonmel) in Cobh. The cemetery has previously prompted more than one or two blogs. This visit was no different.
I was struck by the amount of Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstones in the cemetery. The CWGC website advises that it has the greatest number of war dead of any cemetery in Cork – 130.
I suspect that this was a factor of proximity to Spike and Haulbowline and also that those dying on board ship may be returned to port rather than buried in the field as may have been expected in the army. That is on the ‘To Find Out More’ list now.
There are inscriptions in Welsh and Belgian. There are a few members of Canadian regiments.
Among the many headstones, I spotted the headstone to Leading Signalman, A. Glazebrook. Alfred Glazebrook was born in Leeds and died in Cobh, 23 years later.
Crossing The Bar is a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. It was definitely new to me.
Go on and listen for yourself.