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Make grave ‘fit for a hero’, says Burton MP

Wednesday 6th February 2013 (Andrew Griffiths)
Make grave ‘fit for a hero’, says Burton MP

BURTON’S MP has backed a campaign to renovate a Burton war hero’s grave.

Andrew Griffiths has also been made a patron of the Victoria Cross Trust, which plans to renovate the grave of William Coltman, at St Mark’s Church in Winshill.

William Coltman was one of the most decorated soldiers in the First World War, being awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry. He was also twice being awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal.

Last week the Mail revealed the Victoria Cross Trust is waiting on written permission to renovate Williams Coltman’s Grave.

Mr Griffiths said: “William Coltman is the most decorated servicemen this country has ever known.

“The charity will ensure the grave is properly maintained and it will educate young people about the sacrifices and bravery of these men which is a fantastic cause.

“Hopefully we will properly remember William Coltman and make sure his grave is fit for a hero.”

William Coltman, who was a stretcher bearer in the North Staffordshire regiment, was awarded the Victoria Cross for rescuing wounded comrades while under fire in 1918.

Mr Griffiths said: “Every Victoria Cross is attached to an incredible story of bravery and heroism.

“Every generation is a fresh challenge to make sure that history is not forgotten

“It is vital these stories are past down to the younger generation so they understand why Victoria Crosses are given out and just how important that medal is to our country’s history.

Mr Griffiths, who has worked with the army’s rehabilitation centre at Headley Court, Surrey, and campaigned for Arctic convoy veterans to receive a campaign medal, said “It was as a result of these things that the trust approached me and asked me to be their patron.

“I was delighted to be asked to be involved with a wonderful charity which aims to remember and honour the bravest men our country has known.

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