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Denis remembers

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I heard a lovely story this morning. Denis Grubb, who's a member of the Stockton British Legion, is urging Teessiders to support this year's Poppy Appeal because he wants people to know that it's as much about helping out servicemen and women today as it is about honouring those who fell in past conflicts. Ex-RAF Denis told me: "All this money goes to helping the welfare of servicemen and their families past and present, from those who served in World War Two to the lads and lasses being killed and injured today in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Denis lost his 20 year old uncle Ernie to the trenches of World War One, and he's spent much time putting together a collection of his old letters and postcards, as well as regularly visiting his grave in Pozieres in France. Denis has even managed to get hold of a letter sent to his uncle's parents, informing them of his death.

The missive from his uncle's commander reads: “He had taken a very gallant part in a counter attack my company made to halt the enemy at a very extreme stage in the engagement. He was hit through the heart by a sniper and death was instantaneous. I can only state his death was a personal loss, not only to myself but to the whole of my company, as his good sprits did much to uphold the troops.” Denis has now proudly donated his letters to the Eden War Museum near Malton, so Ernie "is never forgotten." Last year the Stockton British Legion raised a whopping - and record - £30,000 through its collection.

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7th Nov 2008, 09:25   | tags:,,

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