A mark of honour

You can just see the row of pebbles on the top of Lance-Corporal Harris’s gravestone at Tyne Cot. This is an ancient Jewish custom; instead of flowers, visitors leave a stone on the grave, in memory of the original cairns and as a record that someone came to pay their respects to the dead. And if more than one visited, as they turned away they would offer each other the traditional Jewish funeral valediction: “Long life.”

Jewish war grave
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