This photograph was made in the Clayhall Royal Naval Cemetery, attached to the now closed Haslar Royal Naval Hospital, and just down the road from where I live. I noticed this sign in the middle of this area of graves, and saw the opportunity for a little black humour.
In April 1859 the Clayhall Cemetery was opened for the interment of Naval personnel. Here in these peaceful surroundings you will find the last resting place of over 1,500 British sailors who died in the service of their country in two world wars and others who were lost at sea in other conflicts and peacetime accidents. One corner of this cemetery, a foreign field, is forever Turkish, with graves of 26 Turkish Sailors.
Funeral processions left from Haslar for the cemetery but the band was not permitted to start the funeral march until entering Clayhall Road, for fear of upsetting patients. The road running the length of Haslar Hospital was called 'Dead Man's Lane' because of the number of funeral processions which travelled from Haslar to Clayhall.
Nearby is the memorial to the men of "HMS Eurydice". Returning from the West Indies, "HMS Eurydice" sank on the 24th March 1878 in a freak blizzard, off Ventnor, Isle of Wight. With the sails still set and gunports open, the ship sank in minutes, with only two survivors from a crew of 364. The loss of the "Eurydice" caused the Navy to abandon sail training and the days of the Man-o'-war were over. "HMS Eurydice" is reputed still to sail as a ghost ship, with regular sightings in the area in which she sank, and in the 1930s, caused a Gosport-based submarine to take evasive action in order to avoid striking a full-rigged ship, which promptly disappeared.
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rigoletto (32770) 2013-09-07 2:31
i sometimes happen to feel like there are some fashion days going on at TE, like: "vintage auto days", "modern architecture days", "spooky mansion days", and nowadays cemeteries are seen in considerable numbers. i dunno whether i can call this a typical british humor but i laughed out loud upon seeing this, even though i feel i shouldn't...
serp2000 (33225) 2013-09-07 2:39
It is really amazing scene... It looks like a joke. Thanks for so interesting post and this informative historical note.
Noel_Byrne (13436) 2013-09-07 2:59
interesting scene, I wonder if after dark the dead rise and do small repair works in the area. The red sign combined with the various flowers make the colors really pop out against the more sombre tones of the graves. Really nicely spotted on this most unusual shot
all the best
arnie (1015) 2013-09-07 4:05
Nice bit of British humour.
subhendu_bagchi (21140) 2013-09-07 4:25
hello, a nice contrast here with the men in rest and the hoarding says the men at work... Nicely spotted. Sometimes by such inventive framing simple shots are looking so meaningful, which you proved here. Enjoyed this sharp shot a lot. Tfs the view of ultimate destination of all of us...
aleXundar (631) 2013-09-07 6:44
Well, this is instructive. If you want to remain above the soil -- work, otherwise...
Excellent colours with great sharpness here.
ourania (18738) 2013-09-07 8:07
a rare find, full of irony. This is an incentive to think about life and death in an indirect way, through symbols that don't cause any pain but are being used in a dettached and amusing way. The impact of the picture is strong and lasting, the simple composition favours it immensely. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
lousat (64295) 2013-09-07 8:28
Hi Will,very original pic,a classic view on a cemetery but whit this sign inside,a bit funny and taken whit the usual perfect quality of details and colors.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
holmertz (31380) 2013-09-07 10:15
I guess we shouldn't make fun of the dead, but this is quite funny. Like something out of Monty Python, isn't it? Apart from that it's a fine photo with superb light and colours and a nicely balanced composition.
tyro (15729) 2013-09-08 7:34
This is a delightful and interesting photograph - as is your note. And with a spark of humour too.
An excellent composition, the diagonal lines of the gravestones leading the eye gently into the distance and the bright foreground flowers adding foreground interest and depth. The "men working" sign is perfectly placed too.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite depth of field and sharpness.
ChrisJ (91292) 2013-09-09 3:02
There's just no in between, is there, unless you're amongst the 2% lucky enough to class themselves as the idle rich. A good juxtaposing of the men at work sign with the men at rest in the cemetery. Good sharpness and the red flowers add a welcome splash of colour. Tfs!
CLODO (26482) 2013-09-09 10:27
Witty eye, and the picture makes me smile. You reached the objective!
kasianowak (3474) 2013-09-10 5:09
Interesting shot, well spotted! Black humour indeed but I really like it.
jrleborgne (1456) 2013-09-21 6:32
Peut être s'agit-il là de la sépulture d'un "bourreau de travail" ?
Maybe this refers to a workaholic's grave ?
(I must apologize for this kind of humour.)
Rest in peace
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (4099)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-15
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous
- Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
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- Date Submitted: 2013-09-07 2:15