One of the pleasures of working in the video media industry are the places you go on location to and the things you see.
The other day we were on a shoot as part of the Saxons in the Meon Valley project. We had an early start and the mist was still clearing so we did some internal shots before moving on to the external ones.
We were filming inside Warnford Church which is on private land. It is away from the A32 and is quiet and peaceful. The walk from the car takes you over a bridge spanning the River Meon river and through part of the park which was designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. The hedges and tall grass were covered by spider webs which the early morning mist had coated in dew so making them easier to see and appreciate the skills involved in their construction.
Inside the Church we needed to capture some of the magnificent wall memorials and 12th Century font for the final film.
While between shots I came across a memorial to 27 service men who sadly lost their lives in an wartime training accident in 1944 when their glider crashed in low cloud. A few things struck me.
The list of those who died showed that although 24 were serving in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers their places of burial were all over the UK. Two others who were killed were from the Army Air Corps, and one – a local lad from Southampton – was in the Medical Corps. The irony was the training was to prepare them for the D-Day landings, so I was left wondering how many would have had a few extra precious months of life only to die in Normandy or in the remaining months of the war? Even more poignant is how many could have survived the war but for the accident?
On leaving, the mist seemed to have wrapped a blanket around the Church enhancing its peacefulness, but also provided the striking image of one of the video crew leaving with his equipment before disappearing into the mist.
The echo of the young men losing their lives 70 years earlier due to low cloud was very powerful.