Re­mem­ber also those who died fur­ther afield

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters To The Editor - Bri­gadier Neville Pughe (retd) David Costi­gan

SIR – As we com­mem­o­rate the end­ing of the First World War in 1918 there is a ten­dency to fo­cus on the ca­su­al­ties in France and Flan­ders. We should never for­get, how­ever, that 391,588 Bri­tish Empire ser­vice­men died in other theatres, in­clud­ing Egypt, Pales­tine, Me­sopotamia, Italy, Salonica and East Africa. We will re­mem­ber them, too.

Don­head St Mary, Wilt­shire

SIR – Like the ceme­tery at St Sym­phorien, there are places in this coun­try where the re­mains of for­mer foes lie in close com­pany. Within the bounds of Ann’s Hill Ceme­tery in Gosport there is an area tended by the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion for those who gave their lives in both world wars.

There is also a sec­tion for Ger­man vic­tims of the Sec­ond World War, most of whom are likely to have been Luft­waffe per­son­nel. Their head­stones are iden­ti­cal to those in the Al­lied sec­tion; de­tails range from the name, rank and date of death to the sim­ple epi­taph “Ein Deutsche Sol­dat”.

Gosport, Hamp­shire

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