Argus Appeal cyclist visits great grandad’s grave

Argus Appeal cyclist visits great grandad’s grave in Poelcapelle

Argus Appeal cyclist visits great grandad’s grave in Poelcapelle

First published in News

One cyclist went the extra mile to visit the grave of his great grandfather.

Ian Carter, 46, of Saltdean, took part in The Argus Appeal bike ride to Brussels last week.

The riders visited Ypres, Passchendaele and the Tyne Cot war graves to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Journeying through Belgium with his wife Ness and 58 other riders, he went to Poelcapelle, 10km north-east of Ypres, to see the grave of relative James Maloney.

He was serving in the Royal West Kent Regiment when he died on August 24, 1915, aged 36.

Mr Carter said: “It was a nice experience in a way, in terms of having that connection with the family.

“It was quite important because I am the only member of our family to have seen the grave.”

He said the historical context and connection with his generation remained part of the lure for going to visit the graves.

He added: “I think, even if you do it out of curiosity, it’s quite awe-inspiring.

“It’s important for youngsters to see it, too.”

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