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Story of First World War hero from King's Lynn to be re-told in new documentary

Joe Dines, whose story will be told in a new documentary for Armistice Day (5185090)
Joe Dines, whose story will be told in a new documentary for Armistice Day (5185090)

The final resting place of a famous First World War hero from Lynn will feature in a new documentary marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the conflict.

Joe Dines was killed in action on the Western Front in September 1918 and was buried at the Grand Ravine British Cemetery at Havrincourt in northern France.

The site will be the focal point of Some Corner of a Foreign Field, a documentary fronted by best-selling author and historian, Dominic Sandbrook.

The project by Photobox Group to commemorate the soldiers who died in the Great War will be broadcast by Amazon Prime.

Joe Dines, as featured in our First World War series, was born and raised in Lynn. Before the conflict he was a teacher and a renowned footballer who was part of the gold medal winning Great Britain team at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm.

There is a now a plaque on the wall of his home in Whitefriars Terrace.

Joe volunteered for the Army in 1915 in the Army Ordnance Corps, before joining the Middlesex Regiment, the Machine Gun Corps and the Tank Corps. On securing his commission he was posted to the King’s Liverpool Regiment rising to the rank of second lieutenant.

As the Allies pushed forward for victory in the autumn of 1918, Dines was home on draft leave in early September and returned to France to meet his death later that month.

Aged 32, he was killed in action by machine gun fire at Pas de Calais.

At the time the Lynn News reported: “The sad news that Lieut. Joseph Dines, of the Liverpool Regiment, was killed in action in France on September 27, was received on Friday afternoon by his father and mother [Frank and Josephine] Mr and Mrs F Dines of 4 Whitefriars Terrace, Lynn.

“The news comes as a shock to the football lovers of Lynn and Norfolk, and indeed of a very much wider circle; Joe, as he was familiarly known, was not only a leading local player but an international of great repute.”

The project is being directed by acclaimed war photographer and artist Bran Symondson.

Grand Ravine Cemetery, with 128 graves, was scouted from more than 600 sites and is about 10km from Cambrai.

The Grand Ravine cemetery, where Joe Dines is buried (5185141)
The Grand Ravine cemetery, where Joe Dines is buried (5185141)

On Armistice Day itself, current British army personnel will line up behind each headstone, bearing photographs of the fallen soldiers buried there.

Photobox says it will “provide a distinctly human and personal act of remembrance - creating a direct, visceral and emotive connection with The Fallen and an enduring visual affirmation that their memory lives on and their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

“Working in partnership with Ancestry.com, we have already uncovered a series of extraordinary stories related to the 128 fallen soldiers in Grand Ravine.”

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