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Sponsor a poppy cross ahead of First World War cemetery visit

Can you sponsor a poppy cross? Picture: David Pritchard

Can you sponsor a poppy cross? Picture: David Pritchard

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People in Cromer are being urged to sponsor a poppy cross ahead of a town councillor’s poignant visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium.

David Pritchard’s great-grandfather is one of the more 8,000 unidentified men who died in the battle of Passchendaele and are buried at the cemetery.

Mr Pritchard, who has been leading the fundraising to restore and repair the town’s First World War memorial, said: “On September 20, 1917, about half way through the battle of Passchendaele, my great-grandfather, Evan Henry Price was killed, aged 40 on the

Menin Road. He has no grave but his name is engraved on the panels of the Tyne Cot Memorial.

“I am fortunate enough that I am being taken to Belgium to mark his death on September 20 so that I may lay a wreath at the base of the panel where his name is engraved.”

Mr Pritchard, who is also the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal organiser for Cromer, added: “One of the items that is available to remember the fallen is a wooden cross with a poppy.

“To raise funds for the war memorial and, as a result, for the Royal British Legion, the public can obtain a cross which they can write a brief message on, either to an individual, to the men of Cromer or anyone else.

“It will then be taken to the Tyne Cot cemetery and placed in the soil at an appropriate place.

“The suggested donation will be £3.50 of which £1.50 will go to the Royal British Legion – Poppy Appeal and £2 to the War Memorial Restoration Fund.”

Upon his return from the cemetery, Mr Pritchard will upload a photograph of the crosses onto the Cromer Town Council Facebook page and the War Memorial Facebook page.

This follows on from the 18-hour vigil in Cromer organised by Mr Pritchard on July 30/31 when over 50 individuals stood for up to two hours each in silent tribute at the war memorial to mark the start of the Battle of Passchendaele, 100 years ago.

if anyone would like a cross, call Cromer Town Council between 10am and 1pm on 01263 512254.

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