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LOCATING SOUTHERN GRAVESITES IN THE UK
Here in the Uk there
are many CS grave sites, but most were unknown until recently. To start with, I
found there were a few sites that were well known and their location was
virtually common knowledge. Others were suspected of being buried here. These
were checked with the local records where they were suspected of being buried.
BUT..most were unknown or lost. What I did was put a few feelers out, so to
speak, and quite a few different individuals had details on one or even two
Ships rosters of CS commerce raiders listed many crew men coming
from the UK and their town of origin. These names could be checked with the
details on burials in their home town. Other names of known British participants
were put up on the family history notice boards. Several people got in touch
saying they knew the location of their ancestors final resting place. People are
e-mailing me almost daily with information . Difficult cases I pass on to Tony
Jones who investigates them in depth by writing to the local government offices
in the geographical area concerned. This has also given us the locations of
IF, any one
wishes to donate or contribute to a CS grave marker for those buried here, it
costs $14.50 to place a CS grave marker here. That is the cost of its purchase.
This is about ten pounds sterling. The markers are ordered special from
We have three in place at the moment with another three due to
be placed shortly. Also there are some CS gravesites here in need of
IF anyone wishes to contribute to the markers DO NOT make
your cheques out to me as they cannot be cashed. You can either :
a) send me
the money in banknotes included in a letter
b) send an International money
c) send a cheque made out to ' MICHAEL S. BENNETT'
as he is the
supplier of the markers and he of course can cash the cheques.
$14.50 will place a CS gravemarker at a CS gravesite in the UK, and we shall
mention the fact you contributed ( no other details) to the surviving decendants
and at the memorials.
JOHN COLLIER 8-8-01
John Collier with two cheques, one from Parcelforce and the other from HM
Customs who charged me duty and tax on the gravemarker flags that are placed on
CS graves here. I questioned their right to do so, and after five unsuccessful
appeals ,(all internal affairs by HM Customs) they eventually agreed to repay me
and be more 'considerate' in the future. This was after intervention by my MP (
US=congressman ) and a cabinet minister ( US=senator), just before the matter
went before an Independent court.
The HM Customs affair is over and I
consider this to be a complete victory, for the rights of ALL war veterans
buried overseas. But, there are many CS graves here awaiting gravemarkers, feel
free to contribute towards their placing, further details can be obtained on
request. Remember this isnít a huge fundraising effort, $14.50 (£10) places a CS
gravemarker at a Confederate soldiers grave. The fact that you contributed will
be mentioned to the surviving decendents. Others have already contributed, and I
thank these people sincerely for their positive and practical help. The names of
all contributors (with their approval) will be added to the roll of honour at
the CSA-E www. site. The CSA-E actively searches for CS soldiers/sailors graves
in the UK.
CS servicemenís graves are in many countries, including India,
Australia and there are even sites in Africa..................the sun never sets
on a Southern servicemanís grave
John COLLIER....9 Aug 2001
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