Regular readers of both my blogs probably know of my fascination with old cemeteries which leads to often posting grave pictures, specially on The Firefly Photo Files. The only reason I post most on there and not here is cause I often discover interesting grave yards in small town while on holiday and weekend outings and it doesn’t fall within the Port Elizabeth area. Anyway, due to the fact that I post these I have had a couple of people e-mailing me and asking me to look up graves of their ancestors around PE. Unfortunately its not always that easy and I don’t often have that much time to do the research and then the subsequent search for the actual grave. Due to this it takes me a little time to get to them and I often think people think I had forgotten.
One of the very first people who asked me to find a grave for them was Ann Darling from the UK. She was looking to find her grandfather, Gordon Darling’s grave in the South End cemetery and luckily for me she had a grave number, which helped quite a lot when I went to the cemetery’s office. Her grandparents and their 3 small children lived in Port Elizabeth when her grandfather died in 1930. Her grandmother and the kids (of which one was Ann’s father) moved back to England shortly after and nobody has been back here since those days. It was quite easy to find the grave once I was shown where it was on the cemetery’s layout and off I went. It didn’t take long to find it with it’s two heart stones, just like Ann described. I think the thing that surprised me the most was Ann’s reaction when I sent her the pictures. WOW! It really made the effort worth it. There are a couple more that I have been looking for and some I have found. I will post them in the near future as well.