Royal Engineer died at Stoke-on-Trent buried Wem

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Michael J Hulme
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Hello

I have just transcribed the modern (post 1975) grave stones at Wem, Shropshire, one of which relates to a 34 year old Royal Engineer, Alan WILSON who died at Stoke-on-Trent on 7th May 1999.

If anyone lives in the Stoke-on-Trent area and is able to look up a newspaper report of his death / inquest I would be grateful to know the basic circumstances, possibly Died of Wounds or some other cause, so that I can add a line of explanation to the gravestone transcript.

The family had the Royal Engineers motif engraved on the head stone so there is obviously a strong connection.

Mike

mike {at} mjhulme.fsnet.co.uk

 

morrisonman
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One would expect to find him on the Roll of  Honour at the National Arboretum, but it is not the case.

(however, he does have a namesake/homonym in the Sappers)

cf. http://www.veterans-uk.info/afm2/roll-of-honour.php?SerialNo=X8413

 

MM

morrisonman
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Correction to above :

only if he died when in the service...

MM

Michael J Hulme
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Hello Morrisonman

Thank you for that. I guess this suggests that his death was not connected with his military career but there must be a reason why the family put the Royal Engineers motif on his grave stone.

Mike

 

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I agree !

Firstly, the sappers are a right clan !  Secondly, the family were probably very proud of his service.

If he did not get recognised by the army (for example), this was perhaps their way to record said pride...

I guess (BTW...) that we are at least partly discussing Living People ?

I have sappers in the family (You Guessed !) - in fact only last week received some historic stuff about the Royal Engineers Museum in Chatham (just up from the Historic Dockyard).

Here is a link that might be of interest :  http://www.re-museum.co.uk/

 

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morrison_man

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