A trip to Northern France
Beryl Bardsley – July 2015
Last year, for the Church Open Weekend, I gave Jenny some memorabilia belonging to my Uncle Walter Rawlins for the World War 1 exhibition. I mentioned that I would like to visit his grave in St. Sever cemetery, Rouen. Noni and Jenny said that they would like to accompany me and so after some discussion, it was decided to make the trip in June 2015.
We found the cemetery, which was a public cemetery shared by ordinary people and soldiers. lt was beautifully tended, which I found very pleasing and comforting. We looked for his grave Row 23, no 23 and having located it, I was able to put a wooden cross on it. It was a sad and very emotional moving moment.
On the way out, I was able to sign the cemetery register, which made me feel that Uncle Walter was still remembered and not forgotten. I picked up a fir cone and keep this on my windowsill as a reminder of Uncle Walter and this trip.
We all had a good time, which I do not think we will forget. I am pleased that Noni and Jenny were able to come with me on this very memorable visit. I cannot thank them both enough for being my supporting companions.