Dunster: James T Ruston 1940 – 2007

Dunster is an lovely village on the Somerset coast that we visited on a damp day.  The medieval village is overlooked by Dunster Castle and wander the pretty streets and you will find dovecotes, a tithe barn and the Yarn Market on the High Street.  Walk through the woods below the castle and find a pack horse bridge that still crosses the River Avill and an old mill.  I particularly liked the old dovecote with its revolving ladder that allowed the pigeon (not doves it seems) keeper to access even the highest nest holes.  Dunster is clearly a village that people retain their attachment to as there are many memorial benches dotted around and particularly in the village garden.


In Loving Memory James Ruston Loving Husband, Dad, Grandad 1940 – 2007 236583751 LCPL James T Rushton Re UBIQUE 1958 – 1968

In the gardens for the parish church I found this striking and moving memorial bench to Lance Corporal James T Ruston.  The plaque tells visitors lots of information about James Ruston.  What stood out for me initially was his military record.  James Ruston served in the Royal Engineers between 1958 – 1968 and we are given his service number and their motto, ubique, meaning everywhere.  The plaque also gives some personal information; James Ruston was also a much loved dad and a grandad and he lived for around 67 years.


The gardens at St George’s Church Dunster


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