I am sorry that I do not know your Christian name, which is how I like to address my former comrades in our regiment. I do not know the circumstances of your death, but, as a former Lincolns soldier myself, doing my National Service in 1950 with the 1st Battalion, I can still salute you as the brave soldier you undoubtedly were, who died in the service of his country. Merville was where several hospitals and Casualty Clearing Stations were located some 15 km north of Bethune, so I do not know where your Lincolns unit was fighting when you lost your life. I trust that the Guard of Honour at your graveside fired the traditional salute to a fallen comrade. I can but quote the memorial hymn again, “All you had hoped for, all you had you gave to save mankind – yourself you scorned to save.”   In addition to your gravestone at Merville Communal Cemetery where you were one of thirteen Lincolns to be laid to rest, you are also remembered every year at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, when the parade is at the attention while the Queen’s Colour and the National Standard are dipped in salute as the Last Post is sounded. My sympathy to your parents and other relatives who mourned your sacrifice. Rest in Peace. Harry.

Henry Harrison