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Military Historian (#47181822)
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Chris Doran
Edgar Emptage Request at Brockley/Ladywell
Hi, As there's already a photo there, I guess you're asking for a higher resolution closeup to read the inscription. Regrettably, since that photo was taken in 2011, the vegetation in that area hasn't been kept under control, and the headstone is now virtually covered in ivy with only a few words visible. Fortunately, I have a photo I took in 2012 in which the ivy had only just started growing, and I have fulfilled the request with that pro tem, though it's not as good quality as I would normally hope to get.

The cemetery staff and/or friends' organisation seem to have occasional blitzes on the aforementioned vegetation, including ivy, but as they haven't done anything about the Emptage stone yet, I've now taken it upon myself to snip it at its roots at the front (I couldn't get behind where most of it seems to be growing from). As you'll know, pulling it off would damage the stone, so all we can now do is wait for it to die and fall off, which may take quite a while, though it's started to wilt. I'll keep an eye on the situation and replace my closeup when I can.

This is what I make of the inscription. Perhaps you could check it, and then I'll SAC it to the memorials.

In loving memory of
Jane Lydia
Beloved wife of
James Wordsworth Emptage
Died July 9th 1909,
in her 67th year.
"Abide with me."

Also the above
James Wordsworth Emptage
Died March 17th 1910,
in his 64th year.
"At rest."

Edgar Henry Emptage
Beloved son of the above
Late 11th Royal Sussex Regt.
Died September 6th 1920, aged 39.

James W. Emptage
Eldest son of the above
Died April 6th 1928, aged 56 years.

There are some other Emptage graves nearby, which I've added, but from your Find A Grave name, I guess you're only interested in military ones.


Added by Chris Doran on Feb 14, 2015 2:53 PM
Chris & Brett Clifton
James Mills Johnston
Thanks very much for this transfer, greatly appreciated. Chris
Added by Chris & Brett Clifton on Jan 14, 2015 4:55 PM
Gedney Hill
Thank you for the much better image of Find A Grave Memorial# 114752272. It almost looks brand new!
Added by ColinA on Dec 14, 2014 3:26 AM
Norma Whitfield
Many many thanks for the photograph of my Grandfathers grave!! I really appreciate it.

Kind regards
Added by Norma Whitfield on Aug 16, 2014 1:26 PM
L-Bmdr Eric Curtis A'Lee
Thank you so much for adding the photo of Eric's grave. It is very much appreciated.

Added by SueDent on Aug 15, 2014 1:16 PM
Walter Jones
Thank you so much Military Historian for photographing this gravestone for me. Much appreciated. :)
Added by FamilyHistoryAddict on Aug 15, 2014 12:42 AM
George Clifford West
Thank-You so much for the Memorial Photograph!

Added by EHL on Aug 14, 2014 8:07 PM
Charles Erskine Barton
Thank you for the excellent, clear & sharp photograph of the Captain's tombstone. There are great men in the ground at Terlincthun and they mustn't be forgotten.
Added by sandlotball on Aug 14, 2014 7:04 PM
Farrar and related families
The Farrar family thanks you for your kindness.
Added by Farrar and related famili... on Aug 14, 2014 4:23 PM
makah maiden
Photo of Cyril Chapman
Dear Military Historian,

I am the Great Niece of Cyril Chapman and I wanted to thank you for finding Cyril's grave, it means so much to me to finally see his resting place, especially since it is 100yrs since start of The Great War. I don't know the details of how he died but he was just 19 when he was killed.

Once again thank you so much

Kind regards

Janet Riordan
Added by makah maiden on Aug 14, 2014 2:53 PM
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