North Kesteven District
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Scopwick is a small village, mid way between Lincoln and Sleaford in Lincolnshire, East Midlands, England. It is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as having a church & 6 mills. The name derives from Old English and was originally Scapeuic meaning the sheep farm.The village church, Holy Cross is in Vicarage Lane and has an extension churchyard which contains the graves of the airmen from nearby RAF Digby, including that of the young World War II poet and aviator John Gillespie Magee, whose poem 'High Flight' became widely known. There are 37 Canadian airmen buried here plus 2 New Zealanders and one Australian. There are also the graves of five German aircrew killed on 15th January 1943 and a number of "in service" casualties killed prior to WWII. The graves form a plot in the top half of the burial ground. The Cross of Sacrifice in the corner of the plot was unveiled by the Air Member, Canadian Joint Staff on 1 June 1950.
There is a sign on the gate which says: "Pass on pilgrim into the perfect peace of God.The CWGC have kindly allowed the addition of the wargraves plot photograph. Church and wargraves photos are used by kind permission of Pete Ford.
(Geoffrey Gillon Sept. 2009)