February 27, 2021. When you visit a war cemetery maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, you are always struck by how peaceful and well-kept the cemetery is. It doesn’t matter which country the war cemetery is in, the impression is the same…. row upon row of neatly maintained graves.
The sad part is that overwhelmingly the graves are of young men, all buried far from home. In most of the smaller cemeteries we visited, we were the only ones there. When Pieter began his research to find out about the men listed on the Cenotaph outside the Borden-Carleton Legion, his hope was to have a photo of each man, to go with the story he was able to unfold.
In the case of WW1 soldier James Lymon CAMERON, a photo has never been uncovered. Born December 30, 1892 in Victoria-By-The-Sea, Prince Edward Island, he was the son of Edward H. Cameron, a carpenter, and Susan Estelle Harrington of Hampton.
The family moved around due to Edward’s work, and when James Lymon enlisted in 1915, he was living in Vancouver. Sadly, he was killed by enemy fire on July 24, 1916, and is buried at Chester Farm Military Cemetery, 5 km south Ypres in Belgium.
The cemetery is located on a turnoff from a busy town onto a country road, but once inside the gate, you are in a quiet environment, with cows grazing in a field right behind the cemetery wall. It reminded me of the view from our own home here on Prince Edward Island. Only the colour of the cows differed!
Pieter laid flags down at the grave and we marked the visit by writing in the visitors’ book.
“…If only we had a photo…” Pieter sighed. Now, after years of an unsuccessful search for family or friends, he’s taken his appeal for a photo to YouTube, in the hope that a viewer might come forward:
You can read more about James Lymon Cameron and our visit to the Chester Farm Military Cemetery here: https://bordencarletonresearchproject.wordpress.com/2017/10/23/a-visit-to-chester-farm-military-cemetery/
Thank you to post-production editor Wendy Nattress, who made this YouTube video a reality. If you have photos or information to share about James Lymon Cameron, please email Pieter at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on the blog or send a tweet to @researchmemori1.
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