Relatives of cemetery's World War Two civilian casualties sought

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By elsawill | Monday, February 11, 2013, 11:45

North East Lincolnshire Council is trying to contact relatives of a group of civilian victims of World War Two who are buried in Scartho Road Cemetery.

Grimsby's Civilian War Dead Association would like to erect a memorial in the place of some of the graves of the civilian casualties in section 114 of the cemetery.

If the proposals go ahead, the memorial will include the names of the 147 civilians who were killed during enemy raids on Grimsby and surrounding areas during World War Two.

Plans for the memorial are in the earliest stages and as yet there are no details about how it might look.

Family members of the people listed below are asked to contact Lisa Logan, Cemeteries and Crematorium Registrar, Grimsby Crematorium, Weelsby Avenue, Grimsby DN32 0BA, before the end of March, call 01472 324868 to find out more about the proposal.

John William Smith, died 13 July 1943, grave E29

Thomas, Doris May and Peter John Robinson, died 13 July 1943, grave F29

John William Bradford, died 13 July 1943, grave G29

Sydney William Russell, died 18 May 1944, grave H29

William Henry Wills, died 14 June 1943, grave E30

Thomas Henry Burden, died 14 June 1943, grave F30

John Hamilton, died 14 June 1943, grave G30

Alfred Sissons, died 14 June 1943, grave H30

Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for Regeneration and Environment at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: "Please contact us if you are related to any of the people listed. Members of the Civilian War Dead Association have approached us with a proposal to erect a memorial in recognition of all the civilians who tragically lost their lives as a result of enemy action in our towns and villages. We're keen to see their plans come to fruition so it's important that family members contact us about these graves."

Andrea Shepherd, from the Grimsby Civilian War Dead Association, said: "The Civilian War Dead Graves were bequeathed to Grimsby Borough Council in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

"The graves sadly have fallen into disrepair and we feel strongly that the new memorial should be erected to remember the civilians killed by enemy action during World War Two."

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