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Interesting graves in west brompton Cemetery

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CuriousFish Report 7 Aug 2012 21:48

Last weekend The man and I went out for the day to this interesting burial ground. Apparently Beatrix Potter used to perambulate through it and took inspiration for some of her characters from the names on the head stones. We only found Mr Nutkin, but when i Googled it, peter Rabbett and Jeremiah Fisher should be there somewhere too. Emmeline Pankhurst is buried here as well. One grave that caught my eye was decorated with what looked like an airship in flames with a tiny biplane above it.

No It wasn't the Hindenburg disaster. During the night of 6/7 June 1915, Flight Sub-Lieutenant RAJ Warneford sighted the German airship LZ37 and set about catching up with the craft. He managed to do so near Bruges, and, after climbing above the ship, dropped 6 20lb (9.09kg) bombs onto its frame. There was a violent explosion that turned his Morane on its back, but after fighting to regain control
, Warneford saw the airship in flames on the ground. His joy was short-lived, as the engine on his aircraft failed and he was forced to crash-land in enemy territory. Some running repairs were made to the engine, but on his next attempt to return home, Warneford was forced down by thick fog near Cap Gris Nez. For this fearless solo attack he was immediately awarded the Victoria Cross.
Its a pity I cant post the picture of it here.