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Posted on: 26/05/2017

MAKING A JOURNEY OF REMEMBRANCE

Head of History, Mr Urtone, has made a personal journey of remembrance to the grave of a WWI soldier buried in Le Havre, Northern France. 

Mr Urtone came across the details of soldier Charles Norman, when researching the history of his own home in North London. 

He found that Charles had also lived in the house in the early 1900s and that he died aged 19, after sustaining injuries during the Third Battle of Arras. 

Mr Urtone decided to visit Charles’ grave on the centenary of his death and to lay flowers taken from the back garden of their North London home. 

He said: “Although we are not family, I feel a personal connection with Charles Norman as we share a home – though separated by a hundred years. 

"I brought  flowers from the back garden to lay on his grave and to highlight the fact that though he did not make it back home, a bit of his home came to him a century later.

"I hope that this will inspire other people, but especially the young, to research their streets on websites like the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to discovery the names of local men who died in defence of our country ensuring the act of remembrance continues long into the future."

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