Thursday, 11 October 2012

Stones That Tell A Story

I just love headstones that tell a story and I certainly found several during an assignment in Gibraltar. I visited the Trafalgar Cemetery which was used for burials between 1798 and 1814. Despite its name, only two of those buried within died of wounds received during the battle. A sign records that those killed at Trafalgar were buried at sea.

Originally known as the Southport Ditch Cemetery, most of the those buried died in three Yellow Fever epidemics in 1804, 1813 and 1814. Among others buried in the cemetery are those  who died of wounds from other Napoleonic War sea battles - the Battle of Algeciras (1801) and the actions at Cadiz (1810) and Malaga (1812).

Two websites give more information about the cemetery and can be found HERE and HERE.

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