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Wirral First World war veteran is remembered with dedication service
A WIRRAL soldier who saw action in the First World War has finally been remembered for his service - 95 years after he was buried.
Private Edward Lawton died in 1918 and was buried in a commoner's grave at Flaybrick cemetery in Bidston.
But there was no mention of his war record. It only came to light following extensive research by his great-great nephew Peter Threlfall.
He took his evidence to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, who forwarded it to the Ministry of Defence, who approved their recommendation for a headstone honouring his military service.
The stone was installed at the cemetery in September and a dedication ceremony took place on Saturday.
A bugler and soldiers from the Mercian Regiment are due to attend, along with a standard bearer from the Cheshire Regiment Association.
Mr Threlfall, a driver for the Territorial Army, paid tribute to Edward. He said: "He was lost in time, but now will never be forgotten. After all this time, it’s a great tribute to Edward."
Pte Lawton was born in Runcorn in 1888 and spent his early years in Birkenhead.
A former bricklayers' labourer, he joined the Wirral branch of PALS, an army of volunteers set up by Lord Kitchener to support the regular army, in 1914 and joined the war effort in France in 1915.
Pte Lawton suffered shellshock in November 1916 and discharged in May 1918. He died from a brain haemorrage in 1918 and was buried in a commoner's grave.
Peter Threlfall, who is based at the Territorial Army’s base in Harrowby Road, Oxton, continued: "I've got a deep-seated interest in the First World War and was fascinated to learn about Edward's history.
"The grave was near a that of a soldier called James Wall, who served at the same time and has a war grave.
"It was so important that Edward had the same recognition. I am so grateful that this has now been allowed to happen."
A spokesman for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission told the Globe: "Private Lawton was badly injured and was discharged from service.
"The family raised the issue with us and provided us with some excellent evidence.
"This was forwarded to the Ministry of Defence who gave approval for the headstone, which was made in France.
"It's great to have been able to bring closure to an issue that meant so much to Private Lawton's family."
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