It may be a bit akin to asking a child to name their favourite uncle. Every headstone in a graveyard records a life lived and a life passed – they all represent a passing and an end of life.
I have visited many cemeteries and have seen a large number of the CWGC headstones to commemorate those who died in the World Wars or of causes attributable to the wars upto 31 August 1921 and 31 December 1947.
The Old Church Cemetery (Clonmel) in Cobh has a large number of CWGC headstones, probably a factor of being closest to the naval base used by boats from many different countries. When in Dunmanway, I only spotted one at St. Mary’s Fanlobbus Church Cemetery but it hit home harder to this viewer than any in Cobh.
I had similar feelings when standing in the lobby of the Church of St. James in Killorglin.
World War I ended on 11th November, 1918 – eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
William Kingston could say that he survived the war but he could only say that for 12 days – dying on 23rd November, 1918.
To survive the war and all its horrors, only to die less than two weeks later – such a shame.
I have made a note to self to visit City Library to read possible reports in Cork Examiner as to death of that Royal Munster Fusilier, William Kingston