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Relatives gather in Colby to remember Frederick Doughty, who died at Passchendaele

Members of St Giles Church, Colby gathered to remember Frederick Doughty who was killed on the first day of Passchendaele. Glenn Fox, Frederick’'s great-nephew, placed a cross against his name on the war memorial. Picture: Keith Dally

Members of St Giles Church, Colby gathered to remember Frederick Doughty who was killed on the first day of Passchendaele. Glenn Fox, Frederick’'s great-nephew, placed a cross against his name on the war memorial. Picture: Keith Dally

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Church members and relatives gathered in north Norfolk on the centenary of the First World War battle of Passchendaele to remember a man who died on the first day of the conflict during the attack on St Julien.

Frederick Doughty, who had been born in Colby, near Aylsham, was part of the Hertfordshire Regiment which sustained nearly 500 casualties on July 31, 1917. He was just 24 when he died.

Several of his descendants, including his great-nephew Glenn Fox, attended a special service at St Giles Church, Colby to remember him and lay a wreath in his memory. Mr Fox placed a cross against his name on the Colby war memorial.

The Rev Keith Dally, Priest-in-Charge, United Benefice of King’s Beck, said: “It was a very moving and poignant occasion with eight members of Mr Doughty’s family in attendance to lay a wreath.”

Churches in the benefice also include Felmingham, Suffield, Skeyton, Banningham, and Tuttington.

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