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Guided walk gives insight into the lives of Haverhill war casualties

Alan Bumpstead, from the Haverhill Family History Group, explains the story behind one of the First World War graves at Haverhill Cemetery. Pic by Geoff Walker

Alan Bumpstead, from the Haverhill Family History Group, explains the story behind one of the First World War graves at Haverhill Cemetery. Pic by Geoff Walker

 

The stories behind the 41 casualties of the First World War who either came to be buried in Haverhill Cemetery, or had their names inscribed on a family grave, were explained during a guided walk on Sunday (Aug 17).

The walk was conducted by the Haverhill & District Family History Group as part of the ongoing events being staged in Haverhill to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Participants were taken around the cemetery by Alan Bumpstead, chairman of the family history group, which had worked in conjunction with the Haverhill and Thurlow District Royal British Legion to arrange the event.

Prior to the walk, which was free to join, each of the graves were tidied up and a poppy posy laid on them by members of the local legion branch.

Before the walk, Mr Bumpstead had said: “It’s something we felt we wanted to do. It was a way of commemorating the men who are buried there.”

 

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