NT5757 : The final resting place of A.D.C. La Gruta

taken 11 years ago, near to Titling Cairn [antiquity (non-Roman)], Scottish Borders, Great Britain

The final resting place of A.D.C. La Gruta
The final resting place of A.D.C. La Gruta
This World War 2 gravestone marks the site where 23 years old Flight Sergeant A.D.C La Gruta of the Royal Australian Air Force crashed in his Boulton Paul Defiant after taking off from East Fortune airfield on 19/08/41. Pieces of the wreckage are still lying around near the grave at this lonely spot on Hunt Law at the head of the Earnscleuch Water in the Lammermuir Hills. This is only one of two sites where airmen were buried on high ground in Britain, the other being near Ben More Assynt where the six man crew on an Anson aircraft are buried. In 1991, fifty years after the crash, Flight Sergeant La Gruta’s nephew flew over from Melbourne, Australia to be at his uncle’s grave and gave an address in front of a group assembled at the memorial. On my first visit in 1994 there was a poppy wreath at the grave and I believe an annual service used to be held here, although I am unsure if this is still done. The Australian flag was on the ground nearby so I propped it up against the concrete plinth for the photo. The inscription on the gravestone reads:-

TO THE MEMORY OF
AUS. 400719 FLIGHT SERGEANT
A.D.C. LA GRUTA
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
WHO RESTS HERE
WHERE HE DIED
ON ACTIVE SERVICE
29th AUGUST 1941
AGED 23 YEARS
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Sunday, 30 July, 2006   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 17 March, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 5728 5770 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:48.6401N 2:40.9917W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 5728 5770
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