In October we posted about the Commonwealth War Graves Commission project #LivingMemory where a call was made to remember the World War One graves located in the UK. One of our readers in Kent saw this post and made his own trip to a local grave to pay his respects.
October 31st was a beautiful day in Kent and so I decided to go and look for any World War One graves and memorials in the local church, St. Mary’s in Kennington.
I found one gravestone
Researching the name a little I have discovered that Edmund Marrable was stationed at Wye Aerodrome and was flying as an observer in an Astro Trainer when it was involved in a mid-air collision near the Golden Ball (now the Old Mill) on 25 April 1918. He was 25. All three airmen involved were killed. Edmund’s home was in Dorchester and his mother, sister and brother-in-law travelled to Kennington for the funeral.
After leaving poppies on the headstone I went into the church and found that there were two World War One commemoration plaques on the wall, both of which had already been decorated with poppies – it is nice to see that these people are still remembered.
If like our correspondent you would like to locate any war graves near where you are then the Cemetery Search feature on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site is really useful.