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Historic cemetery opens to remember First World War fallen

Friends of Hillside Cemetery at one of the Commonwealth War Graves Commissiuon temporary grave markers.Pictured l-r are Virginia Gatherer, Janice Short, Doreen Fenwick and front Colin Jarvis.

Friends of Hillside Cemetery at one of the Commonwealth War Graves Commissiuon temporary grave markers.Pictured l-r are Virginia Gatherer, Janice Short, Doreen Fenwick and front Colin Jarvis.

A HISTORIC cemetery is opening its gates to remember fallen war heroes.

Hillside Cemetery in Houghton was closed for burials seven years ago, but a group of enthusiasts hold regular open days so people can find out more about its history.

The next event on Saturday, July 5, will be themed around the First World War, which broke out 100 years ago.

Friends of Houghton Hillside Cemetery will be donning military uniforms to lead guided tours around the cemetery, which is the final resting place of four servicemen.

History talks will also be given at the open day, which takes place between noon and 4pm.

Colin Jarvis, from the Friends of the Cemetery, said: “It will be a great day out. It’s not just any ordinary cemetery, as it was made in a quarry.”

Markers were removed from the final resting places of the servicemen when the cemetery fell into disrepair in the 1960s, but the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has since promised new headstones can be erected, after an appeal by the Friends of the Cemetery.

The soldiers are Arthur Ernest Richardson, who died on March 5, 1919, aged 24, Frederick Henry Place, who died on February 4, 1919, aged 28, Frederick William Wheatley, who passed away on July 29, 1918, aged 28, and 19-year-old James Place, who died on October 12, 1916.

 

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