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    • As I reached teenage and ventured into weekend movie nights with my cousins, one night of
      year 1999 or so we played “Saving Private Ryan” The opening scene of movie was quite powerful and how camera moved through war cemetery was so inspiring for a wannabe photographer, I started to think about how actually it would be to witness and shoot such monument, I had no clue even thought of such idea was possible at that time.

      Decade passed, and one day i came across an information about “British War Cemetery” in Rawalpindi, which was not far from my place. All the memories of that movie night rushed through my brain, I was surprised to find a place with similar character just few miles i used to go for shopping. Planned a photographic trip and spent some time there clicking.


    • My important ritual was to share photos to every photography forum I was part of along with posting on my Gallery. One fine day I got a very interesting message in email. I was truly moved by power of internet and photography. Here is the message copied from that email.  

      September 2011

      “Grandfather of an elderly lady whom I know is buried in grave I D 8 of Rawalpindi military cemetery. He is Private A J Mahon 1st battalion Yorkshire Regiment who died 11/7/1918 aged 38. Since a visit is impossible can one obtain photos of individual graves?”   

    • I planned another trip to find resting place of A J Mahon and finally found his resting place

    • His family was so happy,

      Thank you so much for the photos that Margaret has now printed off and I have passed on to the Mahon family. They were amazed to see them as it was a surprise and they have asked me to pass on their thanks for taking all this trouble.The photos are excellent and give a real feel of the layout of the cemetery which seems so well looked after and peaceful.The family still live in the same village as the late Private Mahon and they were so pleased to see the grave well tended.His niece, who is now nearly 90, was born a few years after her uncles death but was born in the same house as her uncleand she was most moved. Please accept my own personal thanks and my very best wishes for the future.

    • What a wonderful story @Awais ! I am really happy that the family of the Private was able to find you. Stories like these reaffirm my faith in the power of the internet. 😊

    • What an amazing story to wake up to. It stirs so many emotions. The quality of those headstones and the care and love that goes into maintaining the cemetery is amazing.

      A friend and I went to see They Shall Not Grow Old, Peter Jackson's recent documentary of WW I where he stunningly restored original footage to color and added actual interviews with soldiers who were there. It was life changing to see. We had to go back and see it a second time in the theaters.

      Even this trailer is incredible. It makes me wonder what AJ Mahon's story was.

    • What a warm heart warming story Awais. To be able to see the resting place of a loved one they would have otherwise never been able to see. Well done!

      My sister is very involved in family geneology and she corraled me to photograph a number of family graves, mostly from the early to mid 19th century for her thread on ancestry.com. I have never made them available them publicly, but I do understand how images of the physical stones are able to trigger emotions deep within us as we contemplate our own family past, and our own impending mortality.

      I shot this image - not of a family member's grave - over a decade ago, and I am still struck by how many childrens graves one used to see in cemetaries. Something that is much less common these days I hope.