Guernsey

Commonwealth memorial stones installed for two Guernsey WW1 dead

Gallipoli stone
Image caption A Gallipoli marker was installed for Corporal Alfred William Hannis, of the Canadian Engineers, who died on 12 July, 1921

Two Guernseymen who died from injuries received in the First World War have been commemorated with memorial stones.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has been installing and cleaning stones in cemeteries around the island.

It works to preserve the memory of the service men and women who gave their lives in both World Wars.

Craftsmen placed the stones in St Andrew's churchyard and Candie Cemetery for Able Seaman John William Helman and Cpl Alfred William Hannis.

Able Seaman Helman died on February 28, 1920 aged 24 from ill health caused by gassing during the First World War. Cpl Hannis, of the Canadian Engineers, died on 12 July 1921.

Image caption The stones were placed at Candie Cemetery and St Andrew's churchyard

The Commission's regional supervisor for the south west, Steve Stewart, said: "We are always very pleased to be able to place headstones to honour those who fought in both world wars."

The organisation said the two men were "either previously unknown" to them and had not been added to its list of casualties or their burial place was unknown and they were named on a memorial.

Image caption The CWGC craftsmen look after hundreds of graves in Guernsey and Jersey

Craftsman Ashley Vearncombe, said it was a "real honour" to be in the island: "It always hits me that every name that you see on a headstone is a young life.

"I'm an ex-serviceman and it means so much to me - that it's not just a name, it's not just a piece of stone that I'm putting in to get paid at the end of the month.

"This is a man, woman, sometimes boy, sometimes girl who laid down their life for their country."

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