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Linda's WW1 Trail poppies remember her hero uncles




Linda Murrell at the grave of her great uncle Ernest Gromett (2481040)
Linda Murrell at the grave of her great uncle Ernest Gromett (2481040)

The great niece of two soldiers killed in action was among the first to buy wooden poppies as part of Bury St Edmund's' World War One Trail.

Linda Murrell bought two poppies in memory of her great uncles Sgt Charles Grommett and his brother Pvt Ernest Grommett.

They will be placed on the trail's Serpentine Trench for its duration from July 21 until Armistice Day, November 11, then Linda will keep them.

Linda, of Brockesby Walk, Bury, said: "I thought it would be good to purchase one each in memory of Charles and Ernest. I wanted to do something to commemorate the end of the war."

Charles Grommett, seated, with a little dog and members of his troop. (2481042)
Charles Grommett, seated, with a little dog and members of his troop. (2481042)

Charles enlisted in Bury St Edmunds in 1907and was a sergeant at the outbreak of war.He married Edith Cobb on September 1, 1914, in Beverley, Yorkshire, and left for France five days later with the 1st Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment.

As part of the Expeditionary Force he was wounded in the thigh on September 20 at the Battle of Aisne and taken by hospital train to St Nazaire but died six days later. He is buried in St Nazaire Toutes-Aides Cemetery.

Ernest, the eldest of the three brothers, lived in Canada and enlisted on August 3, 1915, aged 29, as a private in the 2nd Canadian Pioneers.

He worked in forward areas keeping trenches in repair. but was killed by a bomb at an engineer’s dump in Grossville, on May 22, 1918, and is buried at Bellacourt Cemetery near Arras.

The trail is organised by the My WiSH Charity and Our Bury St Edmunds. To buy a poppy, contact the fundraising team on 01284 712952 or fundraising@wsh.nhs.uk



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