Historian’s fight to get recognition

Historian Richard Broad-head says it is a disgrace that years after the War Graves Commission recognised the part several Wiltshire servicemen played in the First World War their families are still waiting for headstones to be provided.

Mr Broadhead has been campaigning for years to get recognition for men who served in The Great War but later died from illnesses contracted during the war.

They include Percy Little, of Tugela Road, Chipp-enham, who was discharged from the Army after falling ill and dying of TB in 1918 aged 25. Mr Broadhead battled with the War Graves Commission to get it to recognise Mr Little’s illness was contracted during his time in service and eventually got it to agree in 2010 but his grave in St Paul’s churchyard, Chippenham is still unmarked.

He said: “It’s a scandal that this gravestone is still not in place when you think we are now commemorating 100 years since the start of the First World War.”

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