Ian looking at the war graves
Every grave's got a story
Ian Winter takes a look at the WWI graves in Carlisle Cemetery and remembers his time in the Navy and his return to the Falkland Islands in 2007.
Ian served onboard HMS Hermes in the Falklands conflict of 1982.
Until recently, he'd never taken much notice of the war graves in Carlisle Cemetery, but last year when getting ready to return to the Falkland Islands on the 25th anniversary of the conflict, he was suddenly struck "out of the blue" he says, by the World War One graves and the information they held; the names; the regiments and the ages of the soldiers and sailors who were remembered there.
Looking at the graves, Ian's amazed by the age range of the men buried there, from boys of 19 to men of 51, which he say's shows just how involved people were in the First World War, compared to the conflicts of recent years.
Standing looking at the graves marking the deaths of these WWI combatants, Ian thinks back to the Falklands conflict and his return there in 2007.
"Last year I was down in the Islands, and just seeing the graves out there and the big memorial to those who were lost at sea, especially my friend Brian Marsden, it's just ..." says Ian shaking his head, unable to find the words to express his feelings.
Ian walks amongst the war graves in Carlisle Cemetery.
last updated: 28/10/2008 at 10:58