Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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Grave of N E Topp RAF
Grave of N E Topp RAF

On Saturday 13 November a group of ATC Cadets and our Town Crier who was representing the British Legion, spent a couple of hours in Ryde Cemetery placing Remembrance crosses and paying their respect at as many war graves and military graves they could find.

Our chairman, Janette Gregson accompanied them on their tour of the cemetery and helped to locate some of the war graves that are not marked with the usual CWGC white portland stone memorials

The image to the right shows part of the group at the grave of Norman Edwin Topp of 96 High Street, Ryde, He was Aircraftman 2nd Class in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 20 September 1941 aged just 18 years.

Below the group pay their respects to the two Victoria Cross holders buried in Ryde Cemetery:

Grave of William Thomas Rickard a hero of the Crimean War The recently restored grave of General Sir Sam Browne a hero of the Indian Mutiny.