Group planning restoration work at VC winner’s grave

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Plans are being drawn up for restoration work at the grave of Victoria Cross winner, Major Hugh Colvin.

Major Colvin, who served with the Cheshire Regiment in the First World War, was awarded the VC for most prestigious gallantry in the face of the enemy following a battle as Ypres, Belgium, in 1917. He died in 1962 and is buried in Carnmoney Cemetery Main.

Phil Hamilton from Rathcoole Friends of the Somme, who are leading the restoration project, is seeking to establish ownership of the grave, which is shared with a William and Margaret Swindells, before work is carried out.

“We are not going to make any changes to the grave, we just want to restore it to a standard that this brave soldier deserves,” he explained.

Mr Hamilton has urged any relatives of Hugh Colvin or the Swindells family, or anyone with relevant information about ownership of the grave, to contact him via email -