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AN HISTORIAN from Worle is helping to trace relatives of an Axbridge soldier whose grave stands alongside hundreds of French memorials in northern France. The headstone of Frank Stowell, who died in World War One, immediately catches mourners' attention a
AN HISTORIAN from Worle is helping to trace relatives of an Axbridge soldier whose grave stands alongside hundreds of French memorials in northern France.The headstone of Frank Stowell, who died in World War One, immediately catches mourners' attention as the only British grave in a cemetery full of crosses paying tribute to fallen French soldiers.Sergeant Stowell was buried in plot one of the cemetery in Meuse, Lorraine, after he died in a prisoner of war camp in 1918, aged 26. The young solder used to live in Moor Lane, Axbridge, with his wife Annie.He was a member of the 8th Battalion City of London Post Office Rifles Regiment and his grave has now been adopted by Bristol couple, Ian and Carol Moore, who emigrated to France.The couple have enlisted the help of Dennis Greenslade, an amateur historian from Worle, to look for relatives of the former soldier.Mr Greenslade, of Ryecroft Avenue, said: "He would have been a brave man because he was a sergeant. That means he would have served for some time to get to that rank and he would've been a good soldier. He is believed to have died from tuberculosis."Frank Stowell was born in 1892 to George and Emma Stowell, nee Bobbett. Frank had four brothers, Albert, William, Charles and Henry, and two sisters, Mabel and Agnes.At around 1901 the family moved to Oaken Hill Cottages in Bristol.Anyone with any information about Frank or his relatives is asked to get in touch with Ian and Carol on 0844 232 5548 or at Two Wheel Moorings, 2 Rue de l'Hotel de Ville, Dun sur Meuse, France, 55110 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org* Pictured: Carol and Ian Moore, who have adopted the grave of an Axbridge soldier in France.