Picture of Russian forces war grave in Harehills cemetery, Leeds
Walking around Harehills cemetery I noticed an unusual war grave, of a Russian buried here in Leeds.
The details on the headstone are brief to say the least. Roman Steklov, Soviet Forces, buried 31st March 1945. I would love to be able to find out more about Roman Steklov and how he found his way to a grave here in Leeds. Part of it I can guess at, during World War 2 Leeds was home to two major war hospitals. Perhaps Roman was hospitalised here in Leeds, but as to whether he was soldier, sailor or airman your guess is as good as mine.
One thing I can say is that the grave of Roman Steklov and a small group of similar but British Commonwealth War Graves Commission graves are well tended, with the grass neatly trimmed. I regret to say that there are many other war graves here in Harehills cemetery where the grass is unkempt and they do look rather neglected.
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