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.

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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.

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The gardens at St George’s Church Dunster

 

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