New gravestones put up for centenary

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Five new gravestones have been erected at the Stanton Road cemetery thanks to the tireless work of volunteers.

Ten years ago, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission removed the headstones from the graves of the one Second World War soldier and four First World War dead buried in the historic cemetery.

Secretary of the Friends of Stanton Road Cemetery, Esther Collington, explained: “The headstones were taken away when the cemetery was very overgrown and not considered a suitable place to honour the fallen.

“The work carried out by the Friends of Stanton Road Cemetery has vastly improved the condition of the cemetery, meaning that the Commission have recently erected five new headstones.”

The group are now planning a ceremony to mark the arrival as well as the 100th anniversary of World War One and would like to invite relatives of the fallen soldiers whose headstones have been replaced.

If you know Private Samuel Bonser, 28269 18th (Queen Mary’s Own) Hussars, Private William Clewes, 27723 16th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment), and Private Paul Harrison, 120629 4th Battalion the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment, please call Esther on 0115 8757085.