Campaign to restore grave of war hero finally pays off

Chris Froggatt with war hero Charles Stone's newly restored grave
Chris Froggatt with war hero Charles Stone's newly restored grave
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A long campaign led by one man to see a Denby World War One Victoria Cross war hero’s grave restored has finally paid off.

The grave of Bombardier Charles Stone has become the first of many such run down ones in the country to be restored after a campaign led by Chris Froggatt.

Bombardier Stone was awarded the Victoria Cross, ‘the highest military decoration awarded for valour “in the face of the enemy’ after he single-handedly repelled a German attack in France in 1918 before capturing a machine gun and four prisoners, all while under heavy fire.

He was later decorated for his bravery at Buckingham Palace by King George V.

Chris, 42, an architect from New Road in Heage, worked alongside the Victoria Trust and a national daily newspaper to help raise funds for all of the Victoria Trust Graves. His campaign also featured in the Belper News.

The news comes aswe continue with our Pennies for Our Heroes appeal, where we are asking readers to donate their loose change so we can plant a ‘living memorial’ to heroes like Charles who served their country Donations are being collected at Belper British Legion.

Chris said: “ The first part of the mission is now done but there’s still plenty more to be done. It’d be a fitting tribute if we could get a street named after Charles.

Chris is currently organising a rededication service which will be held on August 2 in Belper Cemetery. Serving military personnel and the Royal British Legion will among those attending.