Hatfield cemetery tour remembers war dead

A TOUR of war graves in a Hatfield cemetery is to take place on Remembrance Sunday.

Those who died in both World War One and Two will be remembered on a guided trip around St Luke’s Church, on St Albans Road East, led by the Rev Susan Marsh.

The Rev Marsh, the curate-in-charge at St Luke’s, said: “I didn’t realise so many people, who died in the war, were buried here until the Commonwealth War Graves Commission came to give them a clean the other week.

“In total, without the World War One memorial and the memorial for those who died in the bombing of de Havilland aerodrome, we have 22 graves.

“Ten are traditional war headstones like you would see in Belgium, the other ones are scripted by family members.

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“I thought this was very interesting and thought other people might think so too, so now seemed to me as an appropriate time to give a guided tour around the graves.

“There will a booklet of information about what I’ve found out about those who died.

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“Maybe people who are on the search for more information about their family tree could come along.”

She added: “It will be an opportunity for us to remember them in our prayers.”

The walk starts at the lychgate at 1.30pm. It is advised you wear strong footwear as the tour takes place on uneven ground.

For more information call Susan on 01707 329744.

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