Poppy to be placed at Belgium memorial

Andrew Raistrick and his two sons at Menin Gate
Andrew Raistrick and his two sons at Menin Gate
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INFANTRY soldier Private Joseph Bell, killed in action in 1915, will be in the thoughts of Andrew Raistrick who has made a special trip to Belgium to place a poppy at a memorial bearing the name of his great grandfather.

Mr Raistrick, 50, a butcher from Bradford, will pay his respects to Private Bell, of the Durham Light Infantry, who was killed during an attack in August 1915.

He will be at the Menin Gate memorial to the missing in Ypres, Belgium, for today’s anniversary of the war’s outbreak.

He will place a poppy and wooden cross bearing his relative’s close to the names of the Durham Light Infantry men.

His partner Alison and sons Thomas, 16, and Oliver, 17, will be present.

“So many people died fighting for this country so it’s really important that we remember them.”

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