A PLAQUE marking the spot where five brave soldiers are buried has been unveiled in a cemetery.

St Mary and St Margaret’s Church in Church Lane, Stow Maries, has been given the sign by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The commission has an ongoing project of commemoration to celebrate the 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Julia Morris, secretary of the Parochial Church Council at Stow Maries said: “We are proud to have been given this plaque by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

“It is a great honour to have these brave men in our churchyard.

“We hope that this plaque will encourage people to visit our beautiful old church to find out more.

“We have five war graves at the church.

“Some of these men are associated with the air squadron stationed at the aerodrome.

“The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records show six men are buried at Stow Maries but there are actually five.

“One of the men had used two separate names to enrol in the services. An interesting story in itself.

“The Commonwealth War Graves Commission are yet to update their records on this.”

The plaque was unveiled on Monday, August 6.

Details of the soldiers can be found on www.cwgc.org.

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