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Bronx Cop (#47509482)
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Bio Photo I give my permission to anyone who wishes to use a photo of a tombstone that I have taken. I just ask that you do it in a respectful way. I have primarily been working on photographing Old St. Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx for the last few years. I only create a memorial if the stone has at least a first and last name. If the stone only says "Smith", I skip it. Also, some stones are too worn to read. So if you are looking for someone in particular, and I did not photograph it, it does not mean that it is not there. I am also a member of the German Genealogy Group.




The Green Fields of France

How do you do young Willie McBride,
Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside,
And rest for a while 'neath the warm summer sun,
I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done
I see by your gravestone you were only 19
When you joined the great fall-in in 1916
I hope you died well and I hope you died clean
Or young Willie McBride was it slow and obscene?

Did they beat the drum slowly did they play the fife lowly
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down
Did the band play the last post and chorus
Did the pipes play the flowers of the forest

Did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind
In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined
Although you died back in 1916
In that faithful heart are you forever 19
Or are you a stranger without even a name
Enclosed then forever behind a glass frame
In an old photograph torn, battered and stained
And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame.

Did they beat the drum slowly did they play the fife lowly
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down
Did the band play the last post and chorus
Did the pipes play the flowers of the forest

The sun now it shines on the green fields of France
There's a warm summer breeze makes the red poppies dance
And look how the sun shines from under the clouds
There's no gas, no barbwire, there's no guns firing now
But here in this graveyard it's still no man's land
The countless white crosses stand mute in the sand
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man
To a whole generation that were butchered and damned.

Did they beat the drum slowly did they play the fife lowly
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down
Did the band play the last post and chorus
Did the pipes play the flowers of the forest

Now young Willie McBride I can't help wonder why
Do those that lie here know why did they die
Did they believe when they answered the call
Did they really believe that this war would end wars
Well the sorrow, the suffering, the glory, the pain
The killing and the dying were all done in vain
For young Willie McBride it all happened again,
And again and again and again and again

Did they beat the drum slowly did they play the fife lowly
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down
Did the band play the last post and chorus
Did the pipes play the flowers of the forest

- Eric Bogle
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Oldstones66
Profile pic
Love, love, love the new profile pic and the lyrics! :)
Added by Oldstones66 on Apr 15, 2015 2:47 PM
Lisa Dottl
Clarence Searles #136861358
Hi,

I am hoping that maybe you have more information on Clarence. I realize though the more probable answer is that you are just photographing the cemetery and have no ties to them in any way but unless I ask no way of knowing 100%.

Lisa
Added by Lisa Dottl on Mar 26, 2015 9:00 AM
Lorena Bennett
RE: Elbert
Thanks again, Kevin!
Added by Lorena Bennett on Mar 05, 2015 10:13 AM
carol millett
Thomas Corcoran
Thank you so much for the photo of my great grandparent's headstone!
Added by carol millett on Feb 23, 2015 8:50 PM
Oldstones66
RE: Hey you!
Hiya Kevy! ! I need more hours in the day, I'm so far behind on my posting and geneology!! :) I saw another photo of one of my Foery family members and guess who posted thd photo?! lol, Sr. M. Praxedes , buried at Old St. Raymond's, and your shadow photobombed the picture! I couldn't help but smile when I saw the fedora! ;)
Added by Oldstones66 on Feb 09, 2015 5:12 PM
Miss Daisy
RE: Ruth I. O'Connell
Thanks yes it is correct.
Added by Miss Daisy on Jan 31, 2015 4:23 PM
J C
Clark Photos
Thank you very much for posting the photos, and so quickly! The Irish Select Births and Baptisms list Bessie's birthday as Aug 17, 1877 instead of 1880. I'll have to do further research on that.

I'm still trying to locate her husband/their father, Bernard Francis Clark. The cemetery gave me information on Bernard, who died on Feb 6, 1939, but that grave marker has the incorrect parents/children. If you come across any Bernard Clark's there please let me know. He was born around 1872 in Ireland and died after 1935, before 1940, closer to 1935 as family members stated. I'm surprised that he was not buried with the children since he died before Bessie did. Are the graves limited to only 3 persons there?

Again, thank you very much and Happy New Year!

J C
Added by J C on Jan 17, 2015 3:48 PM
Sandrak
Grave for de Francsici
Hello Bronx Cop

I am working on my ancestry page for my husband's family. They consist of Fantino's and de Francisci. I came across your photo Maria L. Antonio, Pietro, and Ninette's grave. Can you give me more information on Maria L. what is her last name? I would appreciate any information you may have.

Thank you

Sandy
Added by Sandrak on Nov 13, 2014 3:35 PM
Jack O'Connor
RE: Old St. Raymond's
I don't care what they say about you in the Bronx, you're ok in my book!!

Thank you very much for the transfers.

Jack
Added by Jack O'Connor on Nov 02, 2014 9:28 AM
Jack O'Connor
Transfers - St. Raymond's
Bronx Cop

Thank you for the great job on my familyís memorials in Section 5 of St. Raymondís.

Could you please transfer the following family members to me? Thank you.

John R OíConnor, my father, 131131508

Catherine Murray OíConnor, my mother, 131131579

Loretta Hogan Murray, my grandmother, 131132842

John H. Murray Sr., my grandfather, 131132768

John H. Murray, my uncle, 131131793

Elizabeth Doyle Hogan, wife of my motherís first cousin, 1361131682

Jack Richard Murray OíConnor, #47164570
Added by Jack O'Connor on Nov 02, 2014 7:52 AM
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