Tessa Munt met with Tim Moreman, Manager of the Wedmore War Graves Appeal, to help raise £2,250 to rebuild the graves of two First World War servicemen in St Mary’s Churchyard in Wedmore.
The graves which need rebuilding are those of Second Lieutenant Victor Charles Edelston Bracey, who was killed in an air crash in Hampshire in 1917, and Private William Cottrell of the 44th Canadian Infantry Expeditionary Force, who died of his wounds in 1919.
The Wedmore War Graves Appeal has received a fantastic response to its call for funds. So far,the appeal has raised more than £1,300, so is well on the way to raising the £2,250 required to complete the renovation of the graves.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is not able to assist with repairing the Graves in Wedmore Churchyard because they are private memorials, paid for and erected by the families of the dead servicemen.
Tessa said: “I am supporting this Appeal and hope the money can soon be raised so the families of these men can renovate their memorials fully. Sometimes it is difficult for us to appreciate that the majority of a whole generation of young people lost their lives serving this country – the majority of whom were ordinary people who demonstrated an extraordinary level of sacrifice. I support any endeavour which recognises the bravery of that generation.”