Three members of the Haverhill, Thurlow and District Royal British Legion (RBL) gave up their day to tidy up dozens of First World War graves at the town’s cemetery before placing poppy posies on them.
Geoff Walker, Danny Kidd and Alan Yates took on the task on Sunday (Aug 3) of removing overgrowth from 40 plots that either have WWI service personnel buried in them or include an inscription to one of the fallen members of the military, cleaning the headstones, tidying up kerb stones in some cases and then laying a possible.
The trio set out to tidy 41 graves, but were unable to locate one of them so instead laid a posy at the war memorial.
Mr Walker, said of the day: “Some of the graves were easily wiped down but others took the three of us half an hour to clear just because of the weeds.”
The RBL branch carried out the tidy up and posy laying as part of the efforts being made in Haverhill to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and pay respects to all who died as a result of the conflict.
The grave preparations were also done in advance of a guided walk of the cemetery at 3pm on Sunday, August 17 by members of the Haverhill & District Family History Group.
During the walk they will stop at each of the graves bearing the name of a WWI casualty and tell the tory of the person buried there.
Places on the guided walk, which is free, can be booked at Haverhill Art Centre’s box office on 01440 714140.