Halstead Veteran Looking After War Graves

Andrew Thomas, who lives in Halstead, is paying respect to fallen servicemen by cleaning their headstones around the town and surrounding villages.

The ex-serviceman, who lived in Sible Hedingham for nine years before enlisting, served in the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment from 1993 to 1999.

Andrew said he was appalled to find the area’s First and Second World War graves in an untidy condition.

The ex-serviceman, who lived in Sible Hedingham for nine years before enlisting, served in the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment from 1993 to 1999.

Andrew said he was appalled to find the area’s First and Second World War graves in an untidy condition.

Now he is spending some of his free time cleaning the headstones of his heroes. He said: “I have recently moved back in the Halstead district. “I have noticed the First and Second World War graves locally aren’t in a great state”.

“There are a fair few which need a good clean up. I did manage to clean one up recently, but time and organising is difficult. Each headstone and resting place belongs to a hero. This should not be forgotten as this is someone’s relative.”

Andrew says he simply washes the headstones with a cloth and water to wipe away the grime and make the graves look pristine.