Grave en­counter

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - POSTE RESTANTE -

In 2012, my friend Ali­son and I were at the end of a three-week tour of Turkey and were vis­it­ing an Al­lied ceme­tery in Gal­lipoli. I was walk­ing be­tween the graves when Ali­son sud­denly said: “There’s some­one from Mine­head,” which is my home­town. On the grave­stone were writ­ten the words, ‘with ever-lov­ing thoughts from your mother at Mine­head’.

I dis­cov­ered that he was a lo­cal boy who’d em­i­grated to Aus­tralia in 1912. I spent months trac­ing his past and sent for his war records af­ter he signed up for the 8th Aus­tralian Light Horse Reg­i­ment. He set­tled in Mil­dura, Vic­to­ria, and I was given de­tails on him from a ge­ne­ol­o­gist liv­ing there.

A year later, I had five days to spare while in Aus­tralia and stayed in Mil­dura. The lo­cals had more sto­ries, and I spoke to a lady whose maiden aunt was se­cretly en­gaged to him. I’ve even won two tick­ets to join the ‘Peo­ples' Pro­ces­sion’ past the Ceno­taph on 11 Nov. You never know what won­ders can be dis­cov­ered while on your trav­els. Brenda Boul­ton, via email

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