FIRST SECRET MESSAGES… There has been something in the Guardian recently about the hidden/filtered messages on FaceBook.
I followed the instructions given in the article and found a lovely message from the 40 Acts team from 2014 – my first foray into 40 Acts blogging. They’d even posted a little video in French saying Thank You for blogging.
If you haven’t seen this, it might be worth looking yourself – people have posted about finding out about deaths of acquaintances years too late, plus other important (and less important) things.
NEXT, THE INTRIGUING MYSTERY (SOLVED) which is linked to our stay in the south with the cycle club. We had a good time,and here are some pictures:
Port Grimaud – a slightly “faux” village, built in the 60s (and after) to accommodate rich people and their gin palaces
I rest my case.
a walk in the vineyards
Mr FD arriving at the top of a climb. It doesn’t look very steep, but this is the view frrom the top:
and they climbed from sealevel!!
an ancient olive tree
And this is the mystery – on the Isle de Pourquerolles, a small island off the south coast of France, we discovered 4 Commonwealth war graves. Strangely moved by this, I left a rose on each of the graves – I thought it looked like a poppy!) One grave was for “an unknown British seaman”, and then these three, for three young men, from different regiments, all of whom died on the same day,
|Name||Rank||Service Number||Date of Death||Age||Regiment / Service||Service Country||Grave /
|Cemetery / Memorial Name||Docs.|
|MORGAN, E T||Private||37096||04/05/1917||Royal Welsh Fusiliers||United Kingdom||PORQUEROLLES COMMUNAL CEMETERY|
|SMALLMAN, JAMES||Private||36273||04/05/1917||29||The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment||United Kingdom||PORQUEROLLES COMMUNAL CEMETERY|
|WATERS, C H||Private||41187||04/05/1917||23||Essex Regiment||United Kingdom||PORQUEROLLES COMMUNAL CEMETERY||
We could not help but wonder why these three men died and were buried here. I decided that I would love to find out more, especially as when Mr FD did a quick bit of research over our picnic lunch, we found out that Private Smallman came from Wallasey, just across the River Mersey from Liverpool.
On our return, I read that the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment were fighting in Egypt at some stage, so maybe wondered if their deaths are related to that, and then I found this on the History of Wallasey website:
POULTON SOLDIER TORPEDOED
I guessed that the other two named soldiers, and possibly the seaman too, died in the same torpedo attack. So I thought I could try following up the other names.
Googling Private Morgan, I find this:
Décédé lors du naufrage du SS Transylvania qui faisant route de Marseille vers Alexandrie, coulé à 10h par le sous-marin U-63 à 2,2 miles au sud de Savona. Dix hommes d’équipage, 29 officiers et 373 soldats perdirent la vie. Si la plupart des victimes furent inhumées dans un carré spécial du cimetière de la ville, d’autres furent enterrées ailleurs en Italie, France, Monaco et Espagne
(Killed during a shpwreck of SS Transylvania which occurred en route from Marseilles to Alexandria, torpedoed at 10h by the submarine U-63 2.2 miles south of Savona. 10 crewmembers, 29 officers and 373 soldiers lost their lives. While most of the victims were buried in a special area of the town’s cemetary, others were buried elsewhere in Italy, France, Monaco and Spain)
The islands you can see just at the very left of the map include (I think) the island of Pourquerolles. Presumably they were buried where their bodies were washed up.
Isn’t it strange how the deaths of four people one knew nothing about beforehand, could affect you so much that you want to find out more like this…
Mr FD does research; Giselle and Albert enjoy their lunch. Cemetary in the background.
The windmill of happiness (really, that’s what it’s called!)