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Royal Naval Ashes Committal: Devonport Plymouth

Royal Naval Ashes Committal: Devonport, Plymouth, Devon. The HM Naval Base Devonport is largest naval base in Western Europe, and according to the MoDs websites:  Devonport has been supporting the Royal Navy since 1691. The vast site covers more than 650 acres and has 15 dry docks, four miles of waterfront, 25 tidal berths and five basins.  The base […]

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Respecting the ashes of a flag: a ceremony for retiring ceremonial colours in the US

  On the blog we discuss many aspects of the cremation ashes ceremony including the dignity and the meaning. This is a story that comes from Richmond, Kentucky USA  and it sparked my thinking on logical extensions from memorialising human ashes to that of a nations symbols – The flags of state and it’s institutions. Before […]

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National Memorial Arboretum’s policy on cremation ashes

  The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, England is a national (as in UK wide) site of remembrance for members of all armed forces. It gives its purpose as – “The National Memorial Arboretum honours the fallen, recognises sacrifice and fosters pride in our country. It is a spiritually uplifting place and is emerging as a world-renowned […]

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Shrapnel found in War Hero after cremation

An old war veteran from Exeter passed recently, he had suffered from a war wound all his adult life after standing on a landmine in France in 1944. He told the family he had a ‘bullet’ in the knee. He didn’t complain about it, but just asked the grandchildren not to sit on it. After […]