Relatives of a soldier killed in World War I and commemorated in a Moldgreen church will attend a special service on Sunday (August 3).
Celia Fox, the niece of Norris Green, didn’t know her uncle’s name appeared on a carved memorial plaque.
Nine Moldgreen men died in the Great War and their sacrifice was marked on a wooden memorial at Christ Church.
Last month the Rev Heather Atkinson, vicar of Christ Church and St James’, Rawthorpe, launched an appeal in the Examiner for relatives of the men to come forward.
Mrs Fox, 81, of Dalton, read the story and will attend the service with half-cousin Christine Freudeman, who lives in Moldgreen.
The service will be held on Sunday (4pm), the day before the 100th anniversary of Britain’s declaration of war on Germany.
Mrs Fox, married to Ken, 83, only has vague memories of her uncle Norris, her mother Jessie’s brother.
Norris – his name is wrongly spelled Norrice on the plaque – had four brothers, Allan, Randolph, Wilfred and Fred.
All five went to war and Norris was the only one who didn’t come home. It is believed he died at the Battle of the Somme.
Mrs Fox said that when she was growing up her mother had a box of memorabilia and old photographs but all were lost after her mother’s death in 1973.
Mrs Fox, who lived in South Africa between 1966 and 1992, recalled there was a letter from her uncle written from France.
“He wasn’t allowed to say where he was but he said he was in a location with the same name as the Moldgreen greengrocer,” she said. “The grocer’s name was Albert so we assume he was in the town of Albert.
“Grandma later went out to France to visit his grave. It’s a shame we don’t know anymore.”
Norris is one of nine men remembered on the church plaque headed ‘For God, King and Empire We Fought and Died.’
The others named are: Charles Cartwright, Gordon Cartwright, Walter Owen Davies, George Hall, Percy Ingham, Ralph Sunderland Moss, Marcus Wardle and Stanley Whiteley.
No other relatives have come forward but researchers have found a letter online from George Hall’s mother asking about his personal effects.
Other churches of various denominations will take part in Sunday’s service. Everyone is welcome.
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