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Help raise £1,500 for VC grave refurb
4:00pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
A MILITARY charity wants to refurbish the grave of a Victoria Cross winner who is buried in Colchester.
Private Edmund Fowler, who was given the award after extraordinary bravery during the Zulu War in 1879, died in 1926 and was buried in Colchester Cemetery.
But his grave has fallen into disrepair and has been selected by the Victoria Cross Trust for a full refurbishment, as long as enough money can be raised.
“Records show Private Fowler’s grave has not been touched in more than a decade and it has been selected as one which the trust can restore at a minimal cost,” said Gary Stapleton, Victoria Trust chairman.
“We would be delighted to carry out the work, we have permission from Colchester Council and there are no known local relatives so there are no impediments and it is something we think we can do quite quickly with the help of the people of Colchester.”
The cost of the refurbishment will be about £1,500.
During the battle at Hlobane Mountain, in South Africa, Private Fowler was ordered to follow Zulus into a cave system in order to retrieve British Army wounded.
Private Fowler, originally from Waterford, in Ireland, followed his captain in single file until he was one of very few soldiers left and, from a small hideaway, forced the Zulus to leave the cave.
Mr Stapleton has also called for volunteers to come forward to tend Private Fowler’s grave after the work is carried out.
To help, go to victoriacrosstrust.org and to contribute to the restoration, go to victoriacrosstrust.org/edmundfowlervc.php.
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