Decorated soldier's dilapidated grave to be given revamp

Decorated soldier's dilapidated grave to be given revamp

Decorated soldier's dilapidated grave to be given revamp

First published in News

FUNDING has been secured to refurbish the grave of a Victoria Cross-winning soldier from Colchester.

Military charity, the Victoria Cross Trust had feared Private Edmund Fowler had been “forgotten” by the town as his grave had fallen into disrepair.

Pte Fowler was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1879.

But now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which is responsible for graves of soldiers who died in the two World Wars, has agreed to include the hero’s grave in its own clean-up programme.

The commission is about to begin a cleaning programme of 390 war graves in Colchester.

The grave’s inclusion is thanks to Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell, who met a commission representative on Friday.

Sir Bob said: “Although not strictly speaking a “war grave”, he has agreed to incorporate it in the general maintenance programme of nearby war graves from the First World War, including four Belgian soldiers who died in Colchester.

“There are also Canadian and Australian war graves.”

He added: “The grave of Edmund Fowler VC has not been forgotten, and the house overlooking Abbey Field where he lived until his death, in 1926, has in recent years had a plaque put on it to record this fact.”

The Victoria Cross Trust had tried to raise £1,500 from Colchester residents to pay to refurbish Pte Fowler’s dilapidated grave, but after more than six months, just £85 has been raised.

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9:15am Tue 8 Apr 14

angryman!!! says...

Good stuff. Well done all involved
Good stuff. Well done all involved angryman!!!
  • Score: 4

10:29am Tue 8 Apr 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Let us please not forget the gravestones and graves of the four Belgian soldiers who died of their wounds in Colchester in 1914 - exactly 100 years ago. They are always immaculately kept, as I visit them each year and can attest to that fact. I assume that it is the CWGC that tend them. But well done Sir Bob for getting Edmund Fowler's grave brought under the umbrella of the other programme.
Let us please not forget the gravestones and graves of the four Belgian soldiers who died of their wounds in Colchester in 1914 - exactly 100 years ago. They are always immaculately kept, as I visit them each year and can attest to that fact. I assume that it is the CWGC that tend them. But well done Sir Bob for getting Edmund Fowler's grave brought under the umbrella of the other programme. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 5

11:11pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Boris says...

The photo suggests that, while the grave may need cleaning, it is not dilapidated. The word "dilapidated" means the stones or bricks are falling out of it. This is clearly not the case here.
The photo suggests that, while the grave may need cleaning, it is not dilapidated. The word "dilapidated" means the stones or bricks are falling out of it. This is clearly not the case here. Boris
  • Score: 0

11:44am Wed 9 Apr 14

Jess Jephcott says...

I suggest that Boris consults a dictionary.
I suggest that Boris consults a dictionary. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 0

3:36pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Boris says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
I suggest that Boris consults a dictionary.
I studied Latin so I know what the word means. I can't help it if modern usage has strayed a long way from the original. **** a traditionalist, Jess, I would expect you to try to be correct when possible.
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: I suggest that Boris consults a dictionary.[/p][/quote]I studied Latin so I know what the word means. I can't help it if modern usage has strayed a long way from the original. **** a traditionalist, Jess, I would expect you to try to be correct when possible. Boris
  • Score: 0

3:41pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Boris says...

Boris wrote:
Jess Jephcott wrote:
I suggest that Boris consults a dictionary.
I studied Latin so I know what the word means. I can't help it if modern usage has strayed a long way from the original. **** a traditionalist, Jess, I would expect you to try to be correct when possible.
Regrettably i seem to have mis-spelled "As" with an extra "s", which has caused the Gazette's American profanity-check software to reject the errant word. Apologies to Jess and anyone else. The sentence should hgave read: "As a traditionalist, Jess, I would expect you to try to be correct when possible".
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: I suggest that Boris consults a dictionary.[/p][/quote]I studied Latin so I know what the word means. I can't help it if modern usage has strayed a long way from the original. **** a traditionalist, Jess, I would expect you to try to be correct when possible.[/p][/quote]Regrettably i seem to have mis-spelled "As" with an extra "s", which has caused the Gazette's American profanity-check software to reject the errant word. Apologies to Jess and anyone else. The sentence should hgave read: "As a traditionalist, Jess, I would expect you to try to be correct when possible". Boris
  • Score: 0

8:10pm Thu 10 Apr 14

AngryManNewTown says...

This reads as though sir bob band wagon found the grave and has decided to do something. The issue was identified by a local resident and mentioned to sir bob in passing. I can not see the real person who discovered this mentioned once. Must be an election coming up and sir bob band wagon needs to get in the paper!!!!!!
This reads as though sir bob band wagon found the grave and has decided to do something. The issue was identified by a local resident and mentioned to sir bob in passing. I can not see the real person who discovered this mentioned once. Must be an election coming up and sir bob band wagon needs to get in the paper!!!!!! AngryManNewTown
  • Score: 3

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