Highland Cemetery, Portsmouth, Hampshire   Leave a comment

The Highland Cemetery was near our B&B in Southsea so we decided to go see how it was.  Turned out, this was an especially nice little death park worthy of a visit even if out-of-the-way.  There were a number of Dickens’ relatives here as well as many Victoria Cross awardees but the major attraction for us were the well-maintained grounds and the mostly intact statuary.  I’ve put some notes for the ones I remember the details of, below.

The anchor and Nelson hat were for a chief bursar of the Royal Navy.  The rock is in the midst of cleaning.

highland cemetery monument 12  highland cemetery monument 11

More of the angels are intact here than any other cemetery I have been to in the last 30 years.  The other monuments are also impressively devoid of vandalism.

highland cemetery monument 9  highland cemetery monument 8

The crosses are especially ornate and the Victoria Cross winners have especially well kept graves (in the home of the Royal Navy, this is no surprise except when you consider the shitty state of military cemeteries in the States).  This ground also has an inordinate number of Royal Red Cross recipients:

highland cemetery monument 7  highland cemetery monument 6

 

The remainder are just some of the many worthy monuments awaiting your visit:

highland cemetery monument 4  highland cemetery monument 3  highland cemetery monument 2  highland cemetery monument 1

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