Thursday, 10 January 2013

The Lost Boys

This is a post I have been meaning to do for a while. I came across this memorial to Harold an Earnest on Google Earth while looking for Pillboxes along the Thames. They are buried in Lower Basildon Berkshire. I went along to the church there to find the grave of Jethro Tull found this wonderful memorial nearby.
The memorial is one of the most Heartbreaking I have seen with the figures so haunting life like.
The words on their grave still stand clear as the day they were done

"To the dear memory of Harold and Ernest Edward the fondly cherished and only sons of Edward John and Priscilla Deverell of Church Farm Basildon who were drowned while bathing in a side branch of the Thames near home on the 26th of June 1886 aged 16 and 15 years"
They were lovely and pleasant in their lives and in death they were not divided.
I have walked along the Thames nearby and wondered where they had lost their lived.

Church farm is next door to the church and it must have been heartbreaking for their parents to look over and see their sons grave. Their spirits are together now and their lives a memory. RIP


  1. What a beautiful monument to such a sad tradgey.

    Thank you for linking up with Cemetery Sunday

    Beneath Thy Feet

  2. This is lovely -- and sad. Thanks for sharing.

  3. It seems unusual to have such a lifelike monument erected at that time.
    I would have preferred it to be a bit farther away from my home so I wouldn't have to see it every day. But that is just me.

  4. I agree, it is a most heartbreaking memorial.
    I wonder if there were other children? Perhaps not and therefore this statue of their boys.

  5. They were anscestors of mine. Thankfully they did have more children or I wouldn't exist.

  6. What heartache for their parents. This is a lovely memorial, glad you mentioned it in today's post.

  7. How sad :-( A beautiful memorial though.