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Tyne Cot cemetery

The Tyne Cot cemetery in Belgium where 3,605 British and Commonwealth soldiers are buried, each grave marked by a Portland limestone headstone without favour for rank or social position. Find out more by visiting the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's new online exhibition at https://shapingoursorrow.cwgc.org/

All photographs courtesy of the CWGC.

5 December 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
The four years of World War I centenary commemorations came to an end on 11 November with Armistice Day services at war memorials up and down the country as well as at the Cenotaph in London. But...
WWI cemetery

Prime ministers Theresa May and Charles Michel pay their respects to the first and last British soldiers to die in World War I at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s St Symphorien Military Cemetery today (9 November).

9 November 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
Prime Ministers Theresa May (Britain) and Charles Michel (Belgium) toured the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Hainaut, Belgium, this morning (9...
4 October 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
It might have more to do with the 'grave error' headline they can use than the story itself, but the consumer press have been reporting (on 4 October) that some people are upset about the re-...
 
David Francis

David Francis writes a column about memorial masonry in Natural Stone Specialist magazine.

17 September 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
David Francis is a hands-on mason who has specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. If you have an issue regarding any aspect of memorial masonry, David is happy to help...
BS 8415

Now BSI has said this is how memorial fixing systems should be tested, in a pit 1m x 1m and 1m deep. It is written into the new British Standard 8415.

9 August 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
The 2018 version of BS 8415, a specification for memorials in burial grounds and memorial sites, has been published.It has taken longer to produce than had been intended because some of the...
Stevenson Memorials

Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, lays a wreath at Darwen’s new memorial commemorating World War I, built by Stevenson Memorials.

1 August 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
Memorial mason Brent Stevenson always said Darwen would have a memorial to commemorate those from the town who served and died in World War I before the centenary of the war was over, even if he had...
Billy Lillywhite

Billy Lillywhite, whose memory lives on in a fund to help others. If you would like to contribute to the fund, go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/billycarver.

26 July 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
Following the untimely death of stonemason and carver Mark 'Billy' Lillywhite at the age of 52, and a moving service in North Dorset at which he was fondly remembered by relatives, friends...
Romanoff Cross

The new cross on the Isle of Wight that commemorates the killing of the Russian royal family 100 years ago.

18 July 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
Cowes in the Isle of Wight has a new, 3m high granite memorial with bronze decoration, supplied by R Pascoe Granite wholesalers in Cornwall for Wight Stonemasonry. It commemorates the Russian royal...
New visitor centre

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s first visitor centre is due to open in France next spring.

27 June 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
A year from now visitors to the war cemeteries of northern France will be able to gain a fascinating insight into the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), which maintains graves and...
Marble memorial

Odlings introduced a new range of marble memorials at the NAMM Tradex exhibition last year and is delighted with how well they are selling.

15 June 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
As the UK passes peak life expectancy, MAB reintroduces its Cemetery of the Year Award scheme to encourage more and better stone memorialisation. And NAMM will hold its next memorial masonry trade...
Stone-Safe test

Anton Matthews demonstrates the effectiveness of his Stone-Safe memorial fixing system using a dug pit filled with sand.

24 May 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
Anton Matthews, who makes the Stone-Safe memorial fixing system, here responds to a comment by David Francis in his 'Grave Concerns' column in Natural Stone Specialst magazine, May 2018 issue...
David Francis

David Francis is a hands-on mason who has specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. If you have an issue regarding any aspect of memorial masonry, David is happy to help. Send your questions or comments to David at [email protected].

23 May 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
The long awaited revised version of BS 8415 is still not with us and some of the proposed changes have been challenged. The question is: has BS 8415 made any difference and will changes to it improve...
David Francis

David Francis wonders if memorial masons will be any better off with the updated British Standard 8415 and is upset to be reporting another problem with lettering.

The long awaited revised version of BS 8415 is still not with us and some of the proposed changes have been challenged. The question is: has BS 8415 made any difference and will changes to it improve...

David Francis comments on the memorial masonry side of the industry.

6 April 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
In the previous issue of this magazine there was a report on the outcome of a Fatal Accident Enquiry in Scotland following the death of an eight-year-old boy after a piece of stone from an old...
Memorial fixing test

Not yet cut and dried, it seems. The debate on how to test the fixings for memorial headstones is perhaps not over yet.

23 March 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
The lawn memorial standard BS 8415 due to be up-dated this year might yet not include a safety fixing test regime that involves a dug pit and washed sand.On 5 March, the sub-committee reviewing the...

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