Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Visit to Honour a Hero

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Visit to Honour a Hero

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON

AN EMOTIONAL journey to her uncle's war grave in France has seen a Teesside woman fulfil a lifetime's ambition.

Each year, Wendy Wall places a memoriam notice in the Gazette to remember the sacrifice made by her uncle John Dee.

John, a raw Gordon Highlander, died on July 16, 1944, blown up as he disembarked a landing craft at Caen, France. He was just 18.

Wendy was only two and a half when uncle John died, but his legacy has been passed down through the family since.

Wendy was brought up in Hardman Street, Middlesbrough, by her nana, Bridget Dee, who often used to tell her granddaughter about uncle John's heroism.

As reported in the Gazette last year, Wendy, of Bulmer Court, Normanby, always dreamed of visiting his war grave in France, but never managed to do it - until now.

Out of the blue, her brother Craig Fletcher rang her to say: "I'm going to visit uncle John's grave in France - and I'm taking you with me. …

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