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Details confirmed of work to take place on Coltman grave


Thursday 18th July 2013 (Andrew Griffiths)

A BURTON war hero, who was the most decorated soldier in the First World War, will have the achievement inscribed on his grave.

The inscription on William Coltman’s grave, in St Mark’s Church, Winshill, is part of a major restoration project led by the Victoria Cross Trust.

Mr Coltman, who was born in Rangemore and later lived in Winshill, received the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for gallantry, as well as the Military Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal twice.

Last month, the Mail launched its Honour Our Heroes campaign in a bid to help the trust raise the £3,000 needed to complete the project.

It has now been confirmed the existing headstone will be straightened and cleaned but not removed.

The grave’s border, which is cracked and broken, will be replaced with a stone boarder. The grave will also be capped and gravelled.

A small stone foot plinth will be added to the grave with an inscription stating that William Coltman was the highest decorated non-officer of WW1. Either side of the inscription will be the Victoria Cross emblem and Staffordshire Regiment’s regimental badge.

Gary Stapleton, chairman of the trust, said: “We are arranging for the stone mason to come up. We are really excited bout this on behalf of the people of Burton.

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, who is a patron of the trust, said: “It is fantastic that the plans for restoring William Coltman’s grave are becoming a reality. The work will recognise the incredible bravery of a true Burton hero.”

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