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Cadets clean headstones of forces personnel in Boston Cemetery

By Boston Target  |  Posted: October 27, 2012

REMEMBER THEM: Air Cadets cleaning the headstone of two servicemen.

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PAST, present and potential members of the armed forces have joined together to clean the headstones of forces personnel buried in Boston Cemetery.

Members of the Royal British Legion headed by Mike Creek, Captain Ken McIntosh currently serving in the army and members of the Air Cadets from 141 Boston Squadron Air Training Corps met at the cemetery to conduct phase two of the grave clean-up program.

Captain McIntosh said: "These servicemen buried here should never be forgotten and many died of wounds sustained defending our nation in the same way as soldiers are in modern times.

"At this time of year the act of cleaning the graves is more poignant and this was not lost on the young cadets cleaning the headstones."

The group cleaned more than 30 First World War servicemen's graves after phase one was successfully completed in August.

The graves are marked with the traditional white Portland stone provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission since the end of the Great War.

Each headstone contains personal and regimental details of the buried servicemen as well as the badge of the regiment or service to which he belonged.

Many of the headstones were in desperate need of cleaning with some of them approaching 100 years old.

Captain McIntosh added: "As well as those marked by these headstones there are many servicemen who died during the First War that are buried in Boston Cemetery with their graves provided for by their family.

"At least four more servicemen's graves were identified and another four Second World War graves and two post war graves were also cleaned including that of Gunner Utteridge on the anniversary week of his death on active service in Northern Ireland."

Phase three of the cleanup will see the project complete for the year when the group meets again on November 4 to clean the Cross of Sacrifice by the old chapel in the cemetery in preparation for the following weekend when the nation remembers its dead.

Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact the Boston Branch of the Royal British Legion on 01205 350387.

Alternatively a drop-in morning is held every first Saturday of the month in the Community Rooms.

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