In time for Remembrance Sunday this weekend, the forgotten resting place of a First World War soldier has been restored.
The grave at Terrington St Clement churchyard is that of Pte M/271497 John Henry (Jack) Brown, of the Army Service Corps, who died in the military hospital Hampstead, in north London on January 12, 1917.
A small group of cadets from 42F (King’s Lynn) Squadron Air Training Corps tasked themselves with removing thick weeds and scrub from the plot which lies at the edge of an overgrown and neglected area of the churchyard.
The area cleared, they discovered that the fabric of the memorial was also in need of structural repair.
Local businesses came to the aid of the restoration team and on Friday, 16-year-old Cadet Cpl Troy Brown completed the task when he covered the grave with white stone chippings.
Cdt Cpl Brown said “Although I am not related to the man buried here, Terrington is my home village and I am proud to have been involved with this.”
The cadets had previously made an appeal in the Lynn News for anyone who knew anything about Pte Brown to come forward.
The Squadron’s civilian committee chairman, Mike Lister, who oversaw the project said: “This has been a very moving task which has ensured that this World War One soldier’s last resting place, like those tendered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, is not forgotten.
“We must thank Thornalley Funeral Services and also Moat Road Nurseries for their invaluable assistance.”