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Centenarian Vera Upshall returns to war memorial

Vera Upshall
Image caption Vera Upshall said she was surprised to be contacted after so many years

A 100-year-old woman has returned to a war memorial where she placed a poppy wreath in honour of her fallen father in 1921.

Vera Upshall was seven when she was last at Hazelbury Bryan memorial, in Dorset.

She was traced by the Royal British Legion after it researched the names on the monument.

"I was surprised when they got in touch with me," she said. "I can't get over it."

She remembered the original ceremony, in which she paid her respects to her war hero father, Edwin Tucker.

'Centre of attention'

For her second ceremony, Mrs Upshall, from Stalbridge, led a procession to the monument from her wheelchair, accompanied by her two daughters.

Jeremy Moger, the chairman of the legion's local branch, said he was "delighted" to see Mrs Upshall take part in the Remembrance Sunday event.

He added: "I don't suppose there is another war memorial in the country where the same person will be laying a wreath this year as they did when the memorial was new in 1921."

Edwin Tucker served with the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, now incorporated into The Rifles regiment.

He was killed at the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917.

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Image caption Vera (pictured left with her sister) assisted at the memorial's unveiling in 1921
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Image caption Edwin Tucker was killed at the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917
Image caption Vera laid a new wreath in 2014 accompanied by her two daughters

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