Somerset

Plea to help identify WW1 war memorial soldier

1913 photo of Yeovil Military Band Image copyright South Somerset District Council
Image caption Mr T Thorne (second from left) was a member of the Yeovil Military Band, pictured here in 1913

A council has appealed for the public's help in solving the mystery of an unknown soldier who died in World War One.

The name T Thorne appears on Yeovil's war memorial but he has never been positively identified.

Now South Somerset District Council's Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) is asking for help so he can be "properly remembered".

CHAC wants anyone who knows Mr Thorne's family or friends to come forward.

Mr Thorne, who appears in a photo from 1913 holding a cornet, was a member of the Yeovil Military Band and lived in Yeovil for at least a year before the war broke out.

Councillor Sylvia Seal, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: "If you know any information about this First World War soldier, please let us know.

"We want to know more about him and help to properly remember him".

A previous appeal by CHAC identified a soldier listed as C E Webb as Cecil Webb, who worked at Wests Department Store in Yeovil after WW1.

He had been a stretcher bearer in the war and was captured by the Germans.

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