Names – Weekly Photo Challenge

seahorse-memorial

Seahorse Memorial, Tramore, County Waterford

When you walk along, and pass a set of names on a wall, it’s easy to carry on and not think about why those names are there. This picture is of a tomb cover, that is fixed vertically against a wall, not flat over a tomb as it says on the first line. Even that makes you think that this tombstone has had some history.

The memorial was paid for by the surviving members of the regiment, in memory of of those who died on the Seahorse. 350 people lost their lives on the night of the 30th January 1816, mostly soldiers returning from the Napoleonic Wars, some travelling with their wives and children. This number does not include the people lost on the Boadicea and the Lord Melville, that were both lost in the same storm.

The following 200 years have seen a lot of changes in Tramore, it is now one of the most popular seaside resorts in Ireland, being situated on the stunning Atlantic coast in the South East of Ireland. When you look out over the bay you can hardly imagine the horror that happened 200 years ago.

There were too many bodies to be buried in the town’s small graveyard, so they were buried in mass graves along the beach. The tombstone was placed on the strand opposite the point where most of the bodies were laid to rest. As the area became more popular for holidays the stone was moved to it’s present position on the Doneraile overlooking the bay.

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5 thoughts on “Names – Weekly Photo Challenge

    • If you look closely, they are only the officers that have their ages next to them. The ordinary soldiers, women and children don’t get a mention. When the bodies were buried, it wasn’t a resort, and people didn’t visit the area. In a previous post I put up some pictures of the beach after a heavy storm, where the graves were uncovered, showing children playing next to them, oblivious to what they are.

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