The British Cemetery, Ocracoke

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Rupert Brooke. 1887–1915

The Soldier

If I should die, think only this of me;
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England

For the full poem go here

I have no intention of deceiving. I stood for too long reading the first few lines of Rupert Brooke's words on this my third or fourth visit to the British Cemetery on Ocracoke. When suddenly the White Ensign of the Royal Navy flying on the mast above caught the sun and reflected clear as day in the marble plaque in front of me.

Try as I may I could not catch this reflection fully in my camera, just a murmur of colour appears in the top right hand corner of the plaque. My eyes were filled with tears and it is this that I will blame.

If you get this far in reading this, then I know you care as much as do I and will forgive me this feint......

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David Brown Photogra… on December 22, 2012

Thank you for reading and understanding Ian

Have a great Christmas - Jethro

Kenneth Kruse on December 26, 2012

I'm a Yank and I'm pretty sure I understand it, do I get double points? Nevermind..........Anyhow the real reason I'm here is to say Merry Christmas, or whatever else you may celebrate! Hope you and your family had the best Jethro, Ken

David Brown Photogra… on December 27, 2012

You got it on the head Ken - we are Christmas junkies and are holed up with all our American (and not yet quite American) immediate family.

I hope you all get what you wish for in distant Oregon.

Best wishes from the North Carolina moon-tins - Jethro

david g Johnson on February 10, 2014

Gotcha'..from the 'link'..thanks...David.../...I was curious as to why such a small plot - and so few graves/memorials....and why a cemetery should be on this slip of an island at all.....A quick browse on 'Wiki' has explained all....a very apt location for 'Rupert Brookes' poem too....
Cheers and all the best from....Dj...UK

David Brown Photogra… on February 11, 2014

Your welcome DJ interesting isn't it? HMS Bedford if my memory serves me right........

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