Thursday, 12 May 2011

Another Glimpse at an Ascension Island Cemetery

A second selection of photographs of graves in the Georgetown (Dead Men's) Cemetery on Ascension Island. Many of the early gravestones had plaques attached that commemorated the deceased. A lot of them have detached themselves.

Very faded and it looks like this stone is turning to sand.

A remarkably well-preserved piece of slate, despite it being broken

Here, because of the ravages of time,  another name plaque has fallen away
Poor Kate. The two year old accidentally drowned in the Turtle Pond in 1855

Private Witbooi Johannes who died at sea and was buried here. The regiment was raised from the Cape Coloured community of the Union of South African during the First World War. 

The Baskian Swastika Lauburu. For more on the symbols history, click HERE

Simple crosses are popular, too but why these are leaned against a well, I do not know


amyrebba said...

Great post. I love visiting old cemeteries like this. It's sad though when the stones are no longer readable. Though this is better then the old Paupers cemetery where I live that only has one stone left and the county has no records of where anyone is burried in it. This one is neat.

Laurie said...

One stone left and no records, Amy? That's terribly sad!

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