AT this time of the year as the island prepares to mark Memorial or Remembrance Sunday my thoughts always turn to a small part of Palma cemetery where at least a dozen former British servicemen are buried. This old part of the cemetery was for non-Catholics and it is beautifully maintained. The gravestones tell a story of their own. Buried in Palma is a former sick bay attendant from the battle cruiser Hood, which visited Palma in 1925 as part of a Mediterranean deployment. Nearby, a sailor from the World War 2 cruiser HMS Sussex is buried alongside with other ex-military personnel including former members of the Indian Army and others from British regiments. I always think is rather sad that these people are buried so far from home, in a small part of the main cemetery, in the capital of Majorca but the local authorities deserve praise for maintaining and caring for the graves and making sure that fresh flowers are placed on a regular place. Even in Majorca, we have plenty of cause to remember.
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