Still in the Cairngorms, with Outfitmoray helping with the cooking Kingussie crag then visit Cemetery at Kingussie and the story of the 9 Indian Soldiers graves.

Day 2 Rockclimbing

These are fairly long days up at 6 and help Bernie with breakfast for 20 (worse than cooking for mountain rescue team) Breakfast for 0800 then clean up, sort out sandwiches and packed meals for the day. The kids make their own fun time, and  then decide what the days activities are. Then off they go we clean up and get fresh items for day from Aviemore always busy just now. Then go and visit the kids  for a few hours at Kingussie crag where they are climbing , impressed with effort bit midgy but all loving the place.

It is a grand walk in from the golf course through the trees and flowers and no one else climbing on the crag.

The crag

We had a chat and left the kids to it all was going well.  On the walk  back there are lots of flowers out and trees so green. I took Bernie to at the cemetery at Kingussie to check a pals grave who died in the mountains , it needs some TLC.

Paul Rodgers grave Kingussie died in a mountaineering incident during the epic winter of 1984 I will be back !

Paul was a great friend of many in the military and civilian mountaineering community and is sadly missed, the tales of that sad weekend in 1984 is told in my blog. Here is a small part of it,Nearby the headstone above is where lies Staff Sergeant Paul Rodgers APTC who died on duty in a climbing accident in 1984 whist an instructor at JSMTC Scotland. The family inscription in Norwegian “Har det bra” means “Farewell.” His, though a Military Grave, is not a War Grave, and this is indicated by the small notches cut at the top of the more rounded gravestone. There are further examples of both types elsewhere in the same cemetery

 

We are very lucky to have such good weather forecasting, which advised us of what was to come yesterday. The country battoned down and has seemed to cope with some of the worst winds for many years. The winds were recorded at the summit of Cairngorm were 165 mph.

Indian graves well cared for and looked after.

In the main Kingussie cemetery are also nine graves of Muslim soldiers of the old Indian Army who died whilst training in the Cairngorms during the Second World War. They were muleteers involved in the mass deception of 52 Division’s supposed preparation for the invasion of Norway, which is another story. Their graves are aligned to face Mecca.

The Urdu inscription from the Koran means “God is great.” The one at the bottom, largely overgrown, translates as “All return to God.”

They were from the old Indian Army who died whilst training in the Cairngorms during the Second World War. They were muleteers involved in the mass deception of 52 Division’s supposed preparation for the invasion of Norway, which is another story. Their graves are aligned to face Mecca. The Urdu inscription from the Koran means “God is great.” The one at the bottom, largely overgrown, translates as “All return to God.”

It was then back to Badagusish  sort out dinner chicken wraps salad bread and butter pudding ice cream,  then another clean up by the kids help it is 1930 . Kids get some free time watching Shrek and then making Memory boxes of their visit.

Sort out meal for tomorrow, One hours break then early night its 2200!

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