Friends of Belgrave Cemetery
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At the eleventh hour of Sunday, 9th July 2017 the grave of a Great War Royal Marine was finally marked with a headstone on the eve of the 89th anniversary of his death. Representatives of the Friends of Belgrave Cemetery and the Leicestershire & Rutland Branch of the Western Front Association gathered with invited guests to unveil a headstone commemorating Private Archibald William Toach, 4th Battalion, Royal Marines Light Infantry, who was injured during the audacious Royal Navy raid on Zeebrugge Harbour in the early hours of St George’s Day (23rd April) in 1918.
Toach, who had fabricated his age to enlist, received severe injuries to his right arm, from which he would never fully recover. His gallantry would re-emerge ten years later when he saved two people from drowning in the sea at Bournemouth, shortly before he died at the age of 28. He rested with his parents at Belgrave Cemetery without the memorial his gallantry demands. Now, thanks to the efforts of “The Friends” and with donations from the Western Front Association and Loughborough stonemasons Kevin Sharman and Kevin Mitchell this anomaly will finally be corrected.
The Ceremony formed part of an Open Day held at Belgrave Cemetery, which also included a guided walk at 2.00 p.m. led by Sandra Moore. Refreshments were available throughout the day. This was an opportunity for the citizens of Leicester to gather and remember one of the City’s forgotten heroes.
Sandra Moore in the guise of Eliza Billington guided a group of visitors to some of the prominent Belgrave business people buried in the cemetery.
At the grave of Alderman Richard Hallam
Thanks to David Humberston, Chair of the
Leicestershire & Rutland Branch of the Western Front Association and Dorothy Marshall, chair of the Friends of Belgrave Cemetery for organising the days events.