Poignant gesture as cross is placed at the foot of soldier’s grave

Dave Ross at the cemetery.
Dave Ross at the cemetery.

A poignant mark of respect has been paid to a First World War hero who was finally laid to rest – a century after he was slain.

Earlier this month, the Gazette reported how 19 unknown British soldiers who lost their lives during the conflict had been buried, including one from Northumberland’s regiment.

The comrades in arms have found their final resting place at the New Irish Farm Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, and a ceremony was held to mark the occasion.

Following this, Alnwick-based sports therapist David Ross placed a cross at the foot of the grave of the Northumberland Fusilier, during a special visit to the cemetery.

He said: “I first visited Ypres in 1970 and have returned to the area three or four times a year for competitive road cycling and the history.

“I visited the Irish Farm Cemetery and paid my respects.”