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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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An urn for an old Sailor and the MODs exasperating institutionalised culture of secrecy: Part 3 the final episode

  This is the final episode of the mini-series. The story so far – I want the measurements for a box. The Ministry of Defence have said I can’t have it, actually when you put it like that it this doesn’t sound very interesting does it? Okay. This is a story about one mans valiant attempt to […]

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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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Scattering Ashes – Spitfire or Piper “Grasshopper”: Kent

    A fitting end for any RAF or WWII veteran, pilot or plane enthusiast, being scattered from a  choice of vintage World War II planes. What is more there could be no finer plane  that chimes with British nation as the majestic and legendary Spitfire. Alternatively you could chose the Piper Cub L-4, a familiar sight with classic design […]

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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 […]