Hunt on to allow grave restoration

The headstone of the grave
The headstone of the grave
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THE search is on for the owner of a dilapidated gravestone so work can be done to restore it.

The Gedney Drove End and Dawsmere Branch of the Royal British Legion wants to repair the gravestone for free out of respect for the soldier who is buried there but cannot carry out the work without permission of his family.

Branch chairman Rob Mitchell said: “We would like to hear from anybody within the district, who knows of the name ‘Walker’.

“The gravestone has sunk and fallen over the years and we would like to level and secure the headstone.”

The stone bears the inscription: “In loving memory of John James, beloved son of James and Annie Walker. Killed in action in Normandy June 27th 1944. Aged 21 years.”

This is inscribed on a marble shield, in gold leaf lettering that has almost disappeared over the years.

Mr Mitchell added: “It’s out of respect for the sacrifice that John made for us all that we would like to do this.”

Also on the memorial was a postcard with the words: “In memory of Pte. (1612) George E Morrison, Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry. Died of wounds, 1st March 1915, France.”

Mr Mitchell would also like to hear from the person who wrote the card, so it can be established if Pte Morrison was local, if so his name should be written on the war memorial.

If you can help with either matter contact Mr Mitchell on 01406 550612.