Final Resting Place by Morag Bates
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This is a photograph which I took in Arras, France, the final resting place of my Uncle, John Gilmore Magee. He had lied about his age to join the Highland Light Infantry and was killed on the 22nd March 1918 at 19 years of age when an enemy plane fired into the trenches.

I have placed his image on the wall which bears his name as he has no marked grave because this cemetery was taken by the enemy the day following his burial so I think it must have been lost. Below is the original letter dated May 1918 which my Grandmother received advising her of his demise.

Dedicated to my Uncle, John Gilmore Magee 1899 – 1918

My name is Morag and like my sweet little Maltese, I was born in Scotland and live in England.

We have a Website which you can visit at Snowdrop the Maltese

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  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 2 years ago

    Great work!!!

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 2 years ago

    Awesome work on this, Morag. I’m sure it means a lot to you to have this letter and to be able to put your uncle’s face on “his” wall. A family treasure.

  • John44
    John44about 2 years ago

    Impressive posting dear Morag

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 2 years ago

    Very poignant dear Morag,
    I’m sure it gives you comfort.
    Lest we Forget!!!x

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisabout 2 years ago

    WOW MORAG!!!THIS YOUR WORK IS INTERESTING AND VERY MOVING…. SEE THE LETTER OF MANY YEARS , IS AN EVENT VERY EXTRAORDINARY…ALSO THE MONUMENT IS FANTASTIC!!!!

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 2 years ago

    Lovely and loving tribute to your Uncle, Morag !

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 2 years ago

    How wonderful that you have the letter and that you were able to to get to France. I can’t imagine how devastating it must have been to receive a letter like this – no counselling in those days

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 2 years ago

    I LOVE IT !!!

  • Lou-Garew
    Lou-Garewabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful and touching.

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 2 years ago

    amazing work Morag!

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