Friends of Belgrave Cemetery
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10a.m. till 3p.m.
BELGRAVE WAR HERO TO BE REMEMBERED
At the eleventh hour of Sunday, 9th July 2017 the grave of a Great War Royal Marine will finally be 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 will gather 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 rests with his parents at Belgrave Cemetery (near Red Hill Island on the A563, Post Code LE4 3EX) 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 will form part of an Open Day being held at Belgrave Cemetery, which will also include a guided walk at 2.00 p.m. led by Sandra Moore. This is an opportunity for the citizens of Leicester to gather and remember one of the City’s forgotten heroes. Dorothy Marshall Chairwoman of The Friends, assures all attendees of a warm welcome.
Leicestershire & Rutland Branch
Western Front Association
Cemetery record information and refreshments will be available.
All are Welcome