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Young bones

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 12 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1307
  1. C Douglas

    The newest grave is less than a week old, its wreaths and cards still fresh (“Rest in peace, sleep well, Daddy, love and cuddles, XXX”). The dead man - scarcely half way through his 20s, the victim of a road traffic accident - will be more at home here than in most graveyards. He was a marine and this is a naval cemetery. And around him lie the remains of almost six thousand people, most of them as young or younger when they died.

    A couple of hundred yards north towards the sea the graves are much older. Long lines of identical headstones - rough-cast crosses each bearing a now scarcely legible metal plaque - mark a small naval share of the numberless …

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