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Grave of WWI soldier from Longford damaged by sinkhole in Welsh cemetery

The grave of a soldier born in Longford who died in 1915 has disappeared into a sinkhole at a military cemetery in Wales. Photo: Mez Merrill/UK MoD

The grave of a soldier born in Longford who died in 1915 has disappeared into a sinkhole at a military cemetery in Wales. Photo: Mez Merrill/UK MoD

 

A sinkhole which has appeared at a military cemetery in Wales has swallowed-up the grave of a soldier from County Longford who died during World War I.

The grave of Private Frances Ryan at Pembroke Dock War Cemetery disappeared into a hole measuring 20 feet deep after prolonged rainfall in the area, and the UK’s Minstery of Defence is now working to secure the gravestone to prevent it from falling into the pit.

The graveyard at Pembroke is the only military cemetery in Wales and is the final resting place for 23 servicemen who lost their lives during World War I, and a further 51 who died in World War II.

Pte Ryan was born in Longford in 1875 and died on July 25, 1915 while serving with the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, King’s Liverpool Regiment. The unit never saw action in the war, and it is believed he may have died during a training exercise.

The MoD in the UK is anxious to contact any living descendents of Pte Ryan in relation to this development.

 

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