Messages of Thanks
El Alamein War Cemetery
"26th April 2013 Dear TWGPP team. On ANZAC Day 2013 I felt it was right to find Nana's twin brother John (Jack) Dixon who was tragically lost before he could marry and have children of his own. Living in New Zealand, on the other side of the world, and seeing no opportunity to visit Egypt at any time in the future, your organisation has provided a wonderful avenue to remember our fallen soldier. Thank you all for the incredible work you are doing. kind regards "
"ANZAC DAY 25th April 2013 - Thanks so much for this, it is ANZAC day in Australia so my family is so pleased to have the photo today. We are an English born but now Australian citizens, so to have had a great Uncle who was English but joined the Australian Army as a Light Horse man who then fought in both Gallipoli and the Middle East, is a wonderful connection for us. It truly gives us someone to think of on this day. Kind regards "
Lone Pine Cemetery
"ANZAC DAY 25th April 2013 - Thank you so much for the work that you do and the service you and your team provide. My mother was very moved when I gave her the photographs of the gravesite of her relative William David Longstaff who was killed in action at Gallipoli aged 23. This soldier's younger brother Richard John Longstaff, also killed in action at Gallipoli aged 21, is only remembered at the Lone Pine Memorial and so it was great to see and recieve the two images. Kind Regards"
"ANZAC DAY 25th April 2013 - On ANZAC day I would like to thankyou for the picture of H.Foster’s headstone. He was my great, great uncle. When I showed it to my 89yr old mother she cried. First time she had seen it and we didn’t even know it existed. So, once again – many thanks, "
"13 April 2013 -Thank you . Since I Left a message with the WGC I found the link and ordered a photo directly . I have have now received it. I would like to congratulate all who have undertaken this project as it is obviously a mammoth challenge. I am sure that it is appreciated by those who are able to have a photo of a loved one's grave. in my own case, this is my uncle that I never met but heard about. I have his medals. Knowing where he is and now having a photo of his grave has allowed me to have an emotional and spiritual link with someone who was just a name before. Thank you again"
"13 April 2013 - Thank you so much Steve for these photos. I already know Jim's story and that he had a memorial in Rangoon but I've never seen his name on the stone. The family will very much appreciate this because a lot of us will probably never get to go there. As for Henry I've often wondered what happened to him and have only recently discovered he has a grave in France which I hope to visit one day. Just being able to view his gravestone like this is wonderful and very emotional. It's now come full circle with the new images sent from you and as a family we feel a sense of closure at last. Thank you for helping to perpetuate his memory for future generations to come and also my Great Grandfather Henry James Bond. Fantastic, words cannot convey how thankful I am Kind regards "
Brouay War Cemetery
"21st March 2013 - Hi there, I’m hope I have contacted the right person. I just wanted to say ‘Thank You’ for the fantastic photographs I received this morning. The images are of fantastic quality and my father will be thrilled when I take them to him next month. He visited the grave of his dad last year in Brouay, France and took some photographs but they didn’t come out very well. The photos have made me more determined than ever to visit my grandpa’s grave in 2013. Thank you once again… Best Wishes "
Avesnes le Comte cemetery
"7th March 2013 -Just to say a Huge Thank You for the recent pictures of John McLeish's war grave. I have just ordered another set as a present. I can not express how wonderful and moving it is to finally see my great grandads grave. Keep up the fantastic work of recording these graves as it is very important to family members like myself to know that these brave men will not be forgotten. Thanks again "
"22 February 2013 - I am writing you with tears in my eyes. I have just seen the pictures of the gravestones and read the names of 7 sqdr, Bomber Command, buried in Sassaney, France. Alfred Balcombe, the Pilot Officer, was my mother's first husband. They were married for a short time during the war before he was shot down and declared missing (I understood his death was not confirmed to my mother for a long time, I think perhaps a year). I have photos of him, his medals and the correspondence my mother received from the RAF and newspaper clippings. Why I am the keeper of these, I do not know. As kids rummaging around the house, we'd find his picture or medals in drawers, but my mother wouldn't answer our questions about him. They never had children and my mother remarried. Alfred is a man I know very little about, yet he is a part of my family history and apparently continues to be as I accidentally came upon his gravestone (I was on the internet following a historical experts thread on readdit and went deeper). It was a little shock and I cried. So maybe this is the reason I found his gravesite photo today. I noticed that after his name there is no mention of his parents or wife. Seeing just his name without any of his family names around him, is disturbingly sad. I feel, yes, that he deserves this and I also that I had honoured this unknown relation, by seeing his name set amongst the names of those who loved him. I would be happy to furnish information about his parents and wife for you to add to his name. Please let me know how I can proceed with this. "
Best regards - Mary Kennard
Best regards - Mary Kennard
Tripoli war Cemetery, Libya
"22 February 2013 - What can i say but thanks a million. This is my mum's uncle who died before she was born. My grandparents used to always talk about him and that they would love to visit his grave however with the way things were in Libya it was something that would never happen. They are long gone however i am sure my mother will cherish this photo, as i will too. One day i hope to visit Libya, we regularly holiday in Tunisia so we're not too far away, so you never know. I have visited war graves in France and find them absolutely amazing. Keep up the good work. Kind regards "