top of page
  • Writer's pictureRCS Ottawa

Meet the grave hunters: British retirees battle overgrown cemeteries to find long-lost Canadian war

Adrian Watkinson and his partner, Diana Beaupré, have spent the past nine years trudging through some 867 graveyards in 89 counties in all corners of the United Kingdom. Their ambition is to visit, document and create a comprehensive memorial to the 3,897 long dead and mostly forgotten Canadian servicemen and women who perished, not on the battlefields, but in Great Britain during the First World War — some from wounds suffered at Vimy Ridge.

They do this work for free.

“We have never given ourselves a label,” Diana said with a laugh from the couples’ “headquarters” (aka their cottage-home) in southeast England. “I don’t know what we are — are we grave hunters?”

4 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

How should we Mask COVID-19?

Global coronavirus deaths have been falling—but scientists are worried that more infectious new variants of the virus may reverse those trends. As quickly as vaccines were developed, the virus has ev

How We Can Stop the Spread of COVID-19 By Christmas

We have a long road ahead before a vaccine is safe, effective and, most crucially, widely available. We need a multi-pronged public health strategy that includes a national testing plan that utilizes

mRNA the innovation behind Pfizer and Moderna vaccines

Messenger RNA (mRNA) is a pivotal molecule of life, involved in almost all aspects of cell biology. The last decade has seen improvements in the delivery of a new class of mRNA drugs. In molecular bi

bottom of page