Decorated Colchester soldier 'has been forgotten', warns military charity

Decorated Colchester soldier 'has been forgotten', warns military charity

Decorated Colchester soldier 'has been forgotten', warns military charity

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A DECORATED soldier has been forgotten by the people of Colchester, a military charity has warned.

Edmund Fowler was presented with the Victoria Cross in 1879.

He was awarded the top decoration for valour for displaying extraordinary bravery during the Zulu War in 1879. He died in 1926 and was buried in Colchester Cemetery.

The Victoria Cross Trust tried to get the people of Colchester to stump up £1,500 to pay to refurbish Pte Fowler’s dilapidated grave, but after more than six months, just £85 has been raised.

Ray Heathfield, of the Victoria Cross Trust, said: “Pte Fowler’s grave, although restored probably 20 years ago, is now unfit for a hero.

“We use that word quite often, but Victoria Cross holders must surely be considered real heroes.

“[There is nothing in the town to commemorate him] and he appears to have been forgotten.”

He added: “I find this quite disappointing for a Garrison town, where we have so much pride in our armed forces.”

Mr Heathfield is now launching a campaign and is asking volunteers to come forward.

To help, go to victoriacrosstrust.org and follow the “appeals” link.

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2:08pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Smart babe says...

How about people help tidy it up as all the link says donate money, if it said donate time to help keep it nice it would be more help as a lot of people have no money but have the time on their hands to help
How about people help tidy it up as all the link says donate money, if it said donate time to help keep it nice it would be more help as a lot of people have no money but have the time on their hands to help Smart babe
  • Score: 4

4:03pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

Get 'Helpfor Heroes' to pay for it - oh, I forgot, they are only interested in those who went to Iraq and Afghanistan, they are not actually interested in heroes
Get 'Helpfor Heroes' to pay for it - oh, I forgot, they are only interested in those who went to Iraq and Afghanistan, they are not actually interested in heroes Jack222
  • Score: -5

11:25am Tue 8 Apr 14

Raymondo7 says...

If anyone would like to help by giving time, could you help at charity collections? For example, an hour or two at a supermarket collection. If you can, please email me essex@victoriacrosst
rust.org
If anyone would like to help by giving time, could you help at charity collections? For example, an hour or two at a supermarket collection. If you can, please email me essex@victoriacrosst rust.org Raymondo7
  • Score: 1

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