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9 July 2014

351-Year-Old Cemetery Identified in Warwick, Massachusetts

"Finding this cemetery was just wonderful. We can start to complete a picture of our history and color in all the holes," Pegee Malcolm, the chair of the Warwick historical Cemetery Commission, said Monday.

Three hundred and fifty-one years after it was established, a Warwick cemetery has been dedicated thanks to an inquiry by descendants of Stukely Westcott, followed by the research of members of the Warwick Historical Cemetery Commission.

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7 July 2014

Black South African Soldier Reburied with White WWI Comrades in France

A black South African soldier who died nearly a century ago during World War I was on Sunday reburied alongside 600 of his white compatriots at the South African war memorial in northern France.

Private Myengwa Beleza was one of the first black South African soldiers to be killed in France during the 1914-1918 war. He was among some 25,000 other black South Africans who had volunteered to serve as part of the Native Labour Corps.

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26 June 2014

British Boy on School Trip to German War Cemetery in France Captures Ghostly Image of a Scottish Regiment Soldier on his Mobile Phone

A teenage boy claims he has managed to capture a ‘guardian ghost’ on his phone at a Great War cemetery in France.

Mitch Glover, 14, from Leamington Spa, was visiting the Neuville-St Vaast German war cemetery near Arras, in northern France, during a school trip when he took a photograph of the ‘ghost’. Not until after the school boy came home, did he notice the eerie figure in one of his pictures, which he says looks like a man wearing the uniform of a Scottish regiment.

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25 June 2014

Dead WWII Soldiers Found Buried in Brabant, Netherlands

The remains of two soldiers from the Second World War have been found in the Overdiepse Polder on the Maas river in Brabant. The Salvave and Identification service from the Army has announced this today. The bodies were dug up on Friday.

Some people were on the polder near Waspik with a metal detector on Thursday, and discovered the bones. The Army was then called in by the police.

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23 June 2014

Many Czech WWI Graves Neglected, Says Member of History Buffs' Group

A hundred years ago, the world was about to be plunged into a conflict whose impact can still be felt today in many parts of the globe. Indeed, the creation of independent Czechoslovakia was only made possible by the defeat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

However, around one million Czechs fought in World War I in Austro-Hungarian uniforms, and tens of thousands died on a broad stretch of territory from northern Italy to Ukraine and Poland.

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20 June 2014

Remains of American WWII Soldiers Found in Vietnam

American experts identified the remains of two American servicemen who went missing in action during World War 2 (1939-1945) during a preliminary examination in Ho Chi Minh City on June 17.

If the findings prove accurate, this will be the first time the remains of US soldiers who went missing in action during WWII have been recovered in Vietnam.

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Historic Slave Cemetery Bulldozed In Houston

The historic Bradshaw Cemetery in Houston, Texas was bulldozed without its owners consent and now the family is searching for answers.

Bradshaw, a cemetery dating back to the 1800s and owned by the Nelloms family, was the final resting place for the "bodies of slaves and African Americans who fought in wars and were denied a proper burial…and the family who owns the land say they don’t even know who is responsible."

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11 June 2014

Queens Abolitionist's Tombstone Mysteriously Appears in Professor's Yard

A Queens College professor returning home from vacation found a mysterious gravestone laying in his yard and was set to break it into pieces when he realized how special it was. Allan Rudman says he got back to his Flushing home last week to find the gravestone sitting by his fence. As a geologist, he initially planned to hit it with a hammer and break it into pieces.

The gravestone was that of famous abolitionist Wilson Rantus, who died in 1861. He was a free middle-class black man who lived in Queens in the 1800s.

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9 June 2014

Police Baffled By 144-Year-Old Gravestone of Infant that mMysteriously Appeared in a Backyard Nearly 200 Miles from Cemetery

Police in Indiana have spent the past 12 years puzzling over a 19th-century tombstone that somehow ended up in a resident's backyard. With the help of social media and an enterprising Good Samaritan, the Greenwood Police Department now has come one step closer to solving the mystery.

In June 2002, a Greenwood woman was digging in her garden when she stumbled upon a 144-year-old gravestone.

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World War Two Skeletons Washed from Marshall Islands Graves 'By Rising Seas'

The skeletons of 26 Japanese soldiers who died during World War II have been washed from their graves in the low-lying Marshall Islands, prompting warnings by the nation that its future is under threat from rising sea levels.

The nation of 70,000 people revealed the extent of the devastation during United Nations climate change talks in Germany, saying global warming was ruining crops and that sea rises were overrunning parts of the islands. The nation’s 1,000-plus islands are only about six feet above sea level – and scientists are predicting a three- to six-foot rise in sea levels by the end of the century.

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4 June 2014

Gravestone Girls Preserve Cemetery Art

The next time you pass by a cemetery, stop and look at the gravestones because the dead are trying to tell you something and remind you that, one day, you will also take the long dirt nap.

Gravestone Girls co-founder Brenda J. Sullivan is helping keep the dead alive. She, along with Gravestone Girls Maggie White and Melissa Anderson, travel all over New England preserving cemetery art and history and giving presentations.

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2 June 2014

Skeletons of 800 Babies, Infants Believed To Be Buried at Bon Secours Sisters Site in Ireland

A woman with a dark secret has revealed why the skeletons of about 800 infants and children are believed to be in a disused septic tank.

The site in Tuam 32km north of Galway City, Ireland, is located at what was The Home, a home for unmarried mothers, run by the Bon Secours Sisters — a Roman Catholic religious order of nuns that today operates in US, Ireland, Peru, France, and Great Britain — from the 1920s until the 1960s, Irish Mail on Sunday reported.

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30 May 2014

Massive Flooding Causes Caskets To Float Away From Graves in South Louisiana

Heavy rains in south Louisiana Wednesday caused about a dozen caskets to float away from their graves. The scene unfolded in a cemetery in Assumption Parish, about 50 miles south of Baton Rouge, in the town of Belle Rose.

Loved ones of people buried there rushed to the cemetery and prevented them from floating away using sandbags to weigh them down. Others opted to move the caskets to higher ground.

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28 May 2014

Digger’s Remains Found at Fromelles: DNA Technology Uncovers New South Wales Soldier

The remains of Canowindra-born World War I digger Private Albert Williamson, who died in the bloody battle of Fromelles in 1916, have been identified using DNA technology.

Private Williamson, a member of the 54th battalion, was one of 20 diggers announced this week as having been identified, after their remains were found in a mass grave at Pheasant Wood in France in 2009. The battle of Fromelles is considered to be Australia’s worst military defeat of World War I.

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27 May 2014

Eight Decades in the Wrong Grave: Mac Map Collection Helps Solve Family Mystery

For 84 years, Private William Phillips was missing, lying underneath another man's headstone.

The soldier was killed in the final months of the war, when the front lines were moving quickly. He was buried on the battlefield near Bray-sur-Somme, but when the graves were moved into cemeteries in 1919, he was recorded as missing, his body classified as an unknown soldier.

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