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Shattered gravestone of WWII soldier discovered outside Royal Free

Volunteer gardeners have previously only found 'old muck'

18 July, 2017 — By Tom Foot

THE shattered gravestone of a young man “killed in action” during the Second World War was unearthed outside the Royal Free.

Gardening volunteers discovered the stone cross last week while planting digging up earth beds outside the Pond Street hospital, Hampstead.

Malcolm Grove said: “It was quite surprising as we have only found paving slabs so far, and old muck – but then this! I imagine there was a bigger grave stone and this was an addition.”

About four inches wide, the cross says: “In Loving Memory of Alfred, son of the above, killed in action March 1915 aged 24.”
It is likely the the cross was an attachment added to Alfred’s father’s grave and that Alfred has a Commonwealth war grave in France, said Mr Grove.

Mr Grove is part of a volunteer group that is sprucing up the Royal Free’s front flower beds.

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