Last year, I enjoyed visiting two sites through the Heritage Open Days scheme. I may never even have heard of the places we visited had they not come to my attention through being listed on the website. Such is the case with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the cemeteries they started and now maintain.
There weren’t as many choices on the Heritage Open Days website this year. However, I think the chance to learn more about the work of the Commission and the stories behind some of the servicemen and women buried in Stonefall Cemetery in Harrogate overshadowed any sadness at the diminished range of venue.
Sadness was reserved for the stories we were told, as we were being shown around the war graves by Elizabeth Smith, one of the Commission staff.