Remembering March man who died a month before the end of World War One

PUBLISHED: 10:27 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:50 26 October 2018

Herbert Walter Mitchell of March  PHOTO: Francis Stanton

Herbert Walter Mitchell of March PHOTO: Francis Stanton

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A Fen family are remembering the 100th anniversary since their great uncle died fighting in France in the First World War.

Busigny Communal Cemetery in France. PHOTO: Francis StantonBusigny Communal Cemetery in France. PHOTO: Francis Stanton

Herbert Mitchell, known as Walter, died just a month before the end of the war was officially declared.

He died on October 13, 1918, in the battle of Cambrai, just four weeks before a truce was called on November 11.

Francis Stanton, his nephew, said: “I started researching family history and found uncle Walter was buried at Busigny in north France.

“We realised nobody had gone out to visit the grave so we went out to lay flowers and remember him. Now it is the 100th anniversary since his death so it is a fitting time to remember him and all those who died.”

The grave of Herbert Walter Mitchell of March in Busigny Communal Cemetery in France. PHOTO: Francis StantonThe grave of Herbert Walter Mitchell of March in Busigny Communal Cemetery in France. PHOTO: Francis Stanton

Before leaving to fight in the war Walter, who died at the age of 27, lived at New Park with his parents Thomas and Rebecca Mitchell.

He was part of the 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment.

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A Death Penny that was issued to all the soldiers who died in the First World War. This one belonged to Herbert Marsall. It is about four inches in diameter. Picture: FRANCIS STANTONA Death Penny that was issued to all the soldiers who died in the First World War. This one belonged to Herbert Marsall. It is about four inches in diameter. Picture: FRANCIS STANTON


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