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Florence War Cemetary

In search of Great Uncle Cecil

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In 1944 my Great Uncle Cecil and my Grampsy were in Italy, fighting in the 2nd world war, On the 30th July my great uncle died . Today we drove to the Florence War Cemetary in search of his grave.
The Cemetary is on the north bank of the river Arno just out of Florence. As we entered the cemetary we all were amazed at how Beautiful the grounds are kept. It showed such high respect for the 1620 men and women buried there.
A Gardiner who spoke great english directed us to the NZ area where we quickly found Uncle Cecils grave. It was surrounded by hundreds of other kiwi soldiers. The grave was immacuatly kept with flowers surrounding it.
The girls were amazed as we read the surrounding tomb stones that so many lives were lost at the same time as Uncle Cecil. I am Grateful one was not Grampsy.
We made our way to the memorial area where we signed a guest book (signed by many other kiwis) and thanked them for keeping the grounds so beautiful.
I am really glad we made the effort to see this little part of my family history I only wish Grampsy could see the photos.
RIP Grampsy.

Posted by schofields 10:45 Archived in Italy

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Lovely photos and words, Jenny. Uncle George would have been very proud of you and pleased you and Michael made the effort and took the time to show and explain to your girls some of their family history.A wonderful experience for all of you!

by Raewyn

proud of you guys for taking time and making the effort.we to will make it over there one day soon with baby in toe!
hope your all well and having a great time.
love ya's uncle andy

by andy

Just spent the last hour going through your blog. You have done a wonderful job keeping track of all the great things you have experienced on your holiday. Keep on enjoying every minute of it. Love Jane Moore

by Jane Moore

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