Terrington St Clement grave plea by air cadets

terrington st clement churchyard Pte Brown's tombstone ANL-140716-122105001
terrington st clement churchyard Pte Brown's tombstone ANL-140716-122105001
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A call has gone out to mark the centenary year of the start of the First World War by restoring the final resting spot of a West Norfolk soldier.

It lies unloved and neglected on the edge of the otherwise well-kept Terrington St Clement churchyard.

The tombstone tells you that buried there is Private M/271497 John Henry (Jack) Brown, of the Army Service Corps, who died on January 12, 1917, in a military hospital in Hampstead and lies in a double plot that he shares with his mother Edythe Lucy Brown, who was 90 when she died in 1962.

Elsewhere in the churchyard lies the burial plot of Pte FR Bunting. But that is a Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone, constantly maintained to a very high standard.

Sadly many private memorials, such as Pte Brown’s are often neglected and forgotten.

Now the 42F (King’s Lynn) Squadron, Air Training Corps, which has members from the village, is keen to tidy up Pte Brown’s grave to ensure that his sacrifice, like that of Private Bunting, will also be remembered for many years to come.

However, Mike Lister, the squadron’s civilian committee chairman, said that there are strict protocols that must be observed before working on graves.

Mr Lister said: “Before the cadets can begin this task we have to establish if any descendants of either Pte Brown or his mother have any interest in the grave and if so obtain their permission to carry out the restoration.

Mr Lister said that if anyone has information that might lead to establishing any persons with current interest in the grave in question they contact him on 01553 828570.