St Nicholas Church, Brockenhurst
New Zealand Commonwealth War Cemetery
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
Tucked away in St Nicholas's churchyard in Brockenhurst are these immaculately maintained graves of soldiers who lost their lives as a result of military action in WWI. This picture was taken on a sunless, overcast, day in early Spring.
There are a 94 ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) and 3 Indian men buried here as well as British and other Commonwealth soldiers and members of the Royal Defence Corps. Most lie thousands of miles from their homes. They are not lonely in this place because each day will see people, some local, some from further afield, visiting this resting place among the trees.
Tomorrow, Tuesday 11th November 2008, in cities, towns and villages throughout the United Kingdom, there will be a two minutes silence beginning at 11:00 a.m., to mark the exact moment World War One ended.
There will be a short service here in Brockenhurst for those who are able to attend, to remember these men. It will not be as grand as the one held on Sunday, there will be fewer people attending, but be assured that these men's sacrifice will
be remembered on the anniversary of the Armistice.
The men were brought to Brockenhurst because they were wounded, they were tended in the "N1 NZ General Hospital" not far from the church where 21,004 were treated for their wounds.
The words engraved on the cenotaph were chosen by Rudyard Kipling as part of his work for the "Imperial War Graves Commission" (now "Commonwealth War Graves Commission"). He also suggested "Known unto God" be written on the headstones of unknown servicemen.
The names of each military burial and a picture of each headstone are on http://www.southernlife.org.uk/newzelan.htm
More information is held on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
You may notice the single non-standard stone. This is what it says
WAS ERECTED BY
PARISHIONERS OF BROCKENHURST
TO MARK THE SPOT WHERE IS LAID
THE EARTHLY BODY OF
A RESIDENT OF MOHULLA GUNGAPUR
CITY, BARIELLY, UNITED PROVINCES OF INDIA
HE LEFT COUNTRY, HOME AND FRIENDS TO SERVE OUR KING AND EMPIRE
IN THE GREAT EUROPEAN WAR
AS A HUMBLE SERVANT IN THE LADY HARDINGE HOSPITAL FOR WOUNDED INDIAN SOLDIERS IN THIS PARISH
HE DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON JANUARY 12TH 1915 AGED 30 YEARS
BY CREED HE WAS NOT A "CHRISTIAN"
BUT HIS EARTHLY LIFE WAS SACRIFICED IN THE INTERESTS OF OTHERS.
"There is one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all".