Wisbech corporal lays poppy at grave of great, great, great uncle who died in battle during First World War
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A corporal from the Wisbech Detachment in the Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force has visited the grave of her great, great, great uncle who was killed in action during the First World War.
Corporal Georgina Foxcroft, along with her parents, laid a poppy cross at the grave of Private Ernst Foxcroft, 1st/6th Battalion, at Viamertinghe New Military Cemetery in Belgium.
He was killed on June 28 1917, aged 32. His headstone bears the Kings Liverpool Regiment cap badge, his rank, name and date of death.
Cpl Foxcroft said: “Standing next to my great, great, great uncle’s grave was very moving for me and my family.
“Looking down at the grave I placed a poppy cross and gave him a salute. It’s a moment in my life I shall never forget.”
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They continued their journey and visited Essex Farm Cemetery, Langemark Cemetery and Tyne Cote Cemetery.
Langemark is the resting place for 44,000 German soldiers and the site of the first gas attacks of the First World War.
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This was followed by a trip to Ypres to watch the Menin Gate Service held each might at 8pm since 1920.
More than 1,000 people squeezed around the Memorial to the 55,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in the Ypres Salient Battle.
Upon their return to Wisbech, the family took part in the town’s Remembrance Parade.