Midsomer Norton author Dick Graham pays personal tribute to fallen comrades
Midsomer Norton author and ex-serviceman Dick Graham has paid his own personal tribute to men from the area who made the ultimate sacrifice during the two world wars.
The names of those who lost their lives are recorded in books now on display at Radstock Museum during this year's local Poppy Appeal.
Mr Graham, 86, has searched records to come up with the name of every serviceman in Midsomer Norton, Radstock and Peasedown St John who died in the First and Second World wars with a record of their regiments, where they died and where they were buried. Where he can, he has also tracked down newspaper cuttings about the service personnel.
Mr Graham was in the RAF for 16 years, spending two years as an apprentice engine fitter before being called up to a squadron in Kent. He was posted overseas to India and served out the rest of the war in the Far East.
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His final tours of duty took him to the Suez Canal zone in the 1950s, with some time in Europe.
Mr Graham said: "It is important to remember those who lost their lives and this is my way of remembering those I served with and friends who made the ultimate sacrifice for our future."
As well as service records, visitors to the museum will also be able to look at a collection of postcards from the First World War.
The cards, some embroidered, were made in France and sold to soldiers to send home. In some cases rather than risk the delicate work being damaged, the soldiers would bring the cards back with them.
Members of the Midsomer Norton and District Royal British Legion are hoping that this year will see a record amount raised through the Poppy Appeal.
Last year the branch raised in the region of £14,000 and branch secretary Rob Fairweather is hoping that the public will be even more supportive.
Mr Fairweather said: "The money raised goes to support both current and former armed services personnel who are in need and what we do at a local level is very important."
As part of the appeal, a concert has been organised by the Friends of Chilcompton Village Hall on Saturday, November 9.
Last year the event raised more than £1,000 for the appeal.