Back from the Front

Tracking down WW1 grave markers

Published 12th July 2017

Volunteers have located and photographed hundreds of WW1 grave markers brought back from the front. Some are cracked and water-damaged. Many have woodworm. Some even have the original Somme mud varnished on to them. Others are ornate, hand-carved and painted, made in the field by comrades, often from scrap wood or old packing crates, and bearing personal inscriptions. Aviators' graves were often marked by propellers.