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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The American Cemetery


At the American Cemetery, a memorial to the WW II U.S. servicemen stationed in England, John Levett tries to discern the people from among the dead. 


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The American Cemetery, Madingley, England: a memorial to the more than 5000 U.S. soldiers stationed in Britain who died in battles preceding and following June 6th 1944.

Essay and photos by John Levett

Madingley is a small village on the outskirts of Cambridge. Nothing much to speak of—a hall of the gentry, a decent restaurant, a school house. Go there on a dark, dank day and it presents itself as a location from a John Wyndham novel. Go there in sun in Summer and you could feel yourself back in the ‘50s, the English ‘50s of faded entitlement. Go back in Winter and convince youself you caught sight of Peter Quint at a cottage window.

I pass through Madingley frequently. It’s the way out or the way back for numerous bike rides. It’s also the turning point for the one hour exercise rides that I do during the Winter: just long enough to stretch the heart and lungs, just short enough to arrive back home before frostbite sets in. In Summer it’s a picnic spot along the footpaths that cross the fields towards Girton. The mill doesn’t grind anymore; I have no idea how many in England still do.

 



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