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Boer War grave is found in Cradley churchyard

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 01, 2014

By John Butterworth

The overgrown churchyard at St Peter's Church, Colley Gate, before the clean-up

The overgrown churchyard at St Peter's Church, Colley Gate, before the clean-up

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A CLEAN-UP of a an overgrown church graveyard has uncovered a Boer War and two First World War graves that no one knew existed.

St Peter's Church, Colley Gate, Cradley, thought there were ten memorials there but volunteers were totally surprised to find another three wh en they hacked away at the undergrowth.

"It is very exciting," said Norman Catton, who is chairman of Cradley and District Ex-Service Association 1919, and who was involved in the clear-up.

"We know nothing about the graves and wondered if any Bugle readers could provide us with more information," he added.

The Boer War grave is that of Grenadier William Harrison who died on December 9, 1900, in Pretoria, South Africa, aged 26.

The two Great War graves are of J Southall, No. 8113, of the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, who died on August 23, 1916, aged 26. The other is of Sgt J J Tyler, of the 3rd Birmingham City Battalion who died on August 27, 1916, and was buried with full military honours on August 31, 1916.

If you know any more details email editor@blackcountrybugle .co.uk or call 01384 567678.

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