Concerning WW1 and WW2: The overall casualty count is 1,697,368 with 939,646 identified burials and 757,722 names-on-memorials.
Looking at these figures a little closer: a total of 45% of all our war casualties – from both WW1 and WW2 – have no-known-graves! A truly astonishing figure especially when you consider all those families, relatives and loved ones who don’t have a grave to visit and grieve-over.
Instead, and in memory of these men and women, we commemorate their sacrifices on Memorials, which can be found all-over-the-world, both within and outside our designated war cemeteries.
Over 65% of all requests received by me are for such images (engraved names on memorials) and because of this, I place a great deal of emphasis on photographing these names wherever and whenever I come across them. Please photograph their names as, in doing so, we acknowledge and pay tribute to the lives that they were prepared to surrender on our behalf…Thank You.
MEMORIALS COMPLETED TO-DATE ARE AS FOLLOWS
AFGHANISTANCamp Bastion Memorial Wall (Helmand Province). Images taken prior to re-location of Memorial from Afghanistan to the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England.
note: a rededication service was held on Thursday 11th June 2015 and the memorial is now known as The Bastion Memorial.
BORNEOThe Labuan Memorial and the Labuan Cremation Memorial. Kuching: Heroes Memorial Park, Heroes Monument, ASASA Wall Plaque
and Sarawak Rangers Monument. Japanese War Cemetery: Yaizu Monument. Kota Kinabalu: Petagas Memorial Garden
CHINA – HONG KONGSai Wan Memorial, Sai Wan Cremation Memorial and China Memorial. Stanley: Kipling Memorial and Hong Kong Memorial.
Chinese Memorial Arch, City Hall Memorial Garden and the John Osborn VC Memorial.
INDIAImphal Cremation Memorials. Kohima: 2nd Division Memorial, Cremation Memorial, Dorset Regt. Memorial, Indian Brigade Memorial, Punjab Regt. Memorial, Queens Own Memorial, Royal Berks Memorial, Royal Welsh Memorial, Tennis Court Memorial. Delhi 1914-1918 Memorial, Delhi 1939-1945 War Memorial and India Gate. Kirkee Memorial. Madras Memorial.
ISRAELBeersheba: Turks’ Memorial, Turkish Memorial, Allenby Park and Park Of The Australian Soldier. Jerusalem: Australian Memorial and the Jerusalem Memorial.
Ramlah: Indian and Egyptian Memorial, Turkish Memorial, Ramlah 1939-1945 Memorial.
MALAYSIANational Monument and RMAF Museum in Kuala Lumpur. Batu Gajah Roll Of Honour 1948-1960. Penang: Western Road Christian
Cemetery Roll Of Honour 1948-1960; Zhemchug-Russian Memorial; War Memorial 1914-1990. Kamunting Road Christian Cemetery Roll Of Honour.
Terendak Wall Memorial and Nanga Gaat Memorial. A summary of my visit to the Zhemchug Memorial can be viewed here: ww2talk.com
PAPUA NEW GUINEALae Memorial and Roundabout Memorial. Port Moresby Memorial and 27th Air Depot Group Memorial. Rabaul Memorial and Japanese Peace Memorial. Montevideo Maru Memorial and Cenotaph in Rabaul.
PHILIPPINESBataan and Capas National Shrine and all associated Memorials. Manila: Manila 1945 Memorial; Fort Santiago Honor Roll; Memorial Cross to c600 victims; WW2 Guerilla Memorial. Kamikaze West Airfield and East Airfield Memorials.
REPUBLIC OF KOREAUnited Nations Military Cemetery Korea (UNMCK): Wall Of Remembrance; UN Forces Monument; Unknown Soldiers Pathway; Canadian Memorial; Commonwealth Memorial; Unknown Soldiers’ Plot. Memorial Tower in Busan City.
SINGAPORESingapore Memorial, Buried Elsewhere Memorial, Singapore Civil Hospital Grave Memorial and images of mass grave at SGH, Cremation Memorial, Perished In Captivity Memorial,
Singapore (Unmaintainable) Graves Memorial, Cremation Memorials (Gurkha and British) for Pasir Panjang and Ulu Pandan Cemeteries, Chinese Memorial, Operation Rimau Memorial.
Tengah: Memorial to Passengers and Crew Of Flight MI-185 19th December 1997.
SRI LANKA – CEYLONWW1 and WW2 Cenotaph, 30 Squadron RAF Memorial, Ceylon Air Force Memorial, Ceylon Army Memorial, French Monument, Colombo Liveramentu Cremation Memorial, Colombo Liveramentu Memorial Wall/Tablets, Italian POW Memorial 1940-1945. Kandy WW1 1914-1919 Memorial.
Memorial to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan (A Personal Tribute)A Personal Tribute to 2 of my great heroes: Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. Little now remains of their tiny arch-like memorial
(metal strips removed by souvenir hunters) and they both deserve a more appropriate memorial to this one!
Flowers for Her – secured with a blue ribbon – and a card to Both:
…We Are The Pilgrims Master…
LEST WE FORGET