Rock of Ages: Grave Concerns

graveyards, gravestones, photography and family

Wordless Wednesday: From Days Long Gone By

St. Barnabas Church Cemetery

Medicine Hat, AB

PHOTO CREDIT: K. Gleisner, Medicine Hat Branch AGS, Medicine Hat, AB

PHOTO CREDIT: K. Gleisner, Medicine Hat Branch AGS, Medicine Hat, AB

LEPRECHAUNRABBIT’S NOTES: Observant rabbits will notice the busted cross lying behind the stone base to the right.  What can be seen of the cross, has a fault line, possibly the result of vandalism.

The inscription is partially intact:

MEMORY

OF

FREDERICK WILLIAM

SON OF

W.L. & E. NICHOL

BORN MAY 23, 1886

DIED MAR 15, 1887

From the first redible word, the “M” and “R” in memory is overtaken with dried lichens (rust-covered growths) while the “Y” appears to be disappearing from weather damage (rain, frost, summer heat, etc). 

In the name, the “F” in Frederick is also subject to environmental damage, as is the “M” in William.  

If the upper section was photographed, a comparison could be made between the two halves.  How much of the upper section remains intact is unknown, judging from this photograph.

Lichens/ moss pocks the stone face, and the finish is delaminating.

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