Chance re­union led to find­ing grand­fa­ther’s war grave

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This photo is of my hus­band Steve, his cousin Beryl on the left, and me at their grand­fa­ther’s grave in Li­jssen­thoek Mil­i­tary Ceme­tery. He was killed while serv­ing with the last Sur­rey Reg­i­ment in the First World War in De­cem­ber 1916.

Steve lost touch with Beryl 25 years ago but last year, while shop­ping in a depart­ment store in En­field, they were re­united when Beryl recog­nised Steve pass­ing by. For many years he had won­dered where his grand­fa­ther was buried and Beryl had the an­swer. She had in­her­ited an at­tache case con­tain­ing all the in­for­ma­tion needed to re­search fur­ther. So it was that we found our­selves trav­el­ling to Bel­gium and with the help of our travel guide, Nick Burch, we found the grave. What an emo­tional mo­ment for us all, es­pe­cially with this year be­ing the First World War cen­te­nary. Pauline Collins, En­field

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