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The next grave was a joint one, and she wondered whether this was another relation of Dr Maynard, perhaps an uncle or father.

Sir John "Jack' Maynard : 5th May 1910 to August 7th 1992
"Will be missed by many"

Below that was a newer engraving.

Lady Rosalie Margaret Maynard, ashes interred here at the request of her stepchildren. 1917 - 2012

"Thank you for making Dad smile again"

Later, in front of the computer screen on the J.M.Bettany web page, Lucy wondered why Doctor Maynard hadn't been buried with his wife. All of the reports from the time of their marriage suggested that they had been very happily in love, it seemed strange to have the separate graves. She wondered whether perhaps the second Mrs Maynard and he had been together during the marriage, but the date given for their marriage was 17 years after his first wife died, so she doubted it.

It wasn't common knowledge, so Lucy's trek through the internet wouldn't give her the answer. It was in fact due to a simple fact - Joey wasn't really buried there, the grave was merely for show. Jack had followed her wishes, and taken her ashes to the Tiernsee, and spread them partly at the school, partly at their holiday home and lastly in the centre of the lake. A small remainder he placed in a sealed box buried in the Rose Garden they had had such fun building together.

It would have been a nightmare of red tape to do it officially, with the border crossings and different nationalities involved, and the constant media attention after her death. Not to mention that literally hundreds of fans; Chalet Girls and staff wanted to be present. Apart from that there was the fact that cremation was still officially banned by the Catholic church, and even when it was allowed a few years later it was only if officially buried, not scattered. Jack's own faith, lifelong catholic that he was, meant that he had struggled for some time with his wife's request. But Joey's wishes had eventually trumped the guidelines given by religion. He trusted his wife, and if she thought it a vital part of her faith, she would never have asked. She had been right about so many things that later changed within church guidance, and the change a few years later to allow cremation had bought a smile to his face. Joey had been right, yet again.

However he didn't want his children to have to deal with the moral dilemma, and he understood the need to have a point to visit, a place to speak to their loved one. So a funeral was had, and an official grave site set up. But Jack had no wish to be there, and be trampled by the visitors that still arrived to visit the grave many years after her death. He asked only that he be next to Phil, and a rose from the garden be buried with him, and this was done. Much later, he had confided in Len, and asked her to make sure that someone always tended the rose bushes, and that when the time came, he hoped that Rosalie could be as near as possible, unless she asked for anything different.

Only Madge, and later Len and Rosalie had known the truth about Joey, and Rosalie would never have agreed to her own memorial being added to his if she'd realised it was being done. She had a good idea of the speculation it would cause, and although she had never specified as such, she'd expected only a small memorial stone in the staff area. However Len, mindful of her father's request, checked with her remaining siblings and they had agreed unanimously. Rosalie had been a fixture in all of their lives, first as an aunt and later as a stepmother, and they hadn't hesitated when the idea of her being interred with Jack had been suggested.

All of these facts remained family secrets however, and for now Lucy quickly dismissed it as perhaps just a matter of space in the grave, and moved on to the next area, following the last of the three winding paths down to a shaded space with more regular plots this time. A wooden sign marked it as the Staff Memorial Garden, opened by Lady Madge Russell in 1964. The stones seemed to all be one of three types, and most were a simple headstone, or plaque, with very little extra adornment. A school teacher's salary didn't often leave much for extras like fancy headstones. Lucy didn't really notice, other than to feel that the area was perhaps more spartan than the varied and decorative memorials elsewhere. It was still somehow beautiful, and the graves here were often better tended than many of the others in the main graveyard, with at least one fresh bunch of flowers on every single one.

Lucy wandered among the neat lines, noting the mix of nationalities and ages.

Meiders, Denny, Denny, Lachenais, Berne, Nalder, Charlesworth, Armitage, Moore. All uniform and tasteful, simple engraved lettering. Occasional messages and gifts lay on either side of the headstones, and one or two of the simpler stones had a little mark on the corner of the stone, a scroll and the letters CSMBF. A memorial board in one corner listed mistresses and school staff that had died elsewhere, and had apparently been sponsored by the Chalet School Mistresses Benevolent Fund. Lucy hadn't really considered before now how expensive funerals and memorial stones were, but now she looked at the graves bearing the same symbol and wondered whether the fund had helped pay for the stones.

Another bench sat before the memorial board, donated this time by a Bride Carrington, in memory of someone called Elfie. Lucy noticed the elaborate carvings seemed similar to those on the little carved boat on Mike Maynard's grave, and wondered whether there was any connection. She was an inquisitive girl, and good at noticing detail, and there were similarities in several of the shapes chosen for the designs, and the quality of the work. She looked at the signboard and noticed a small line of carved lettering at the bottom.

Woodwork design, tribute boxes and fencing designed and made by Tomadit Young Apprenticeship scheme. [Founder Tom Gay, CBE, formerly of The Chalet School]

Pleased with herself for her correct deduction that the carvings were related, Lucy made a note to google this man Tom Gay, and see what his relationship to Mike Maynard and the school was. It said formerly of the Chalet School, but it couldn't be a student, since the school was still single sex. Perhaps an old schoolmaster, or a member of the school staff. She didn't see any sign of a grave or memorial for him, so perhaps he was still alive?



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