Hitchin museum could house war memorial if family is not traced

The plaque

The plaque - Credit: Archant

A memorial to a First World War soldier could be housed in a museum if no one from his family is found to claim it.

Last week the Comet launched an appeal to trace the family of Edward Christopher Halsey, who served in the 3/4th Battalion of The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment during the Great War.

He was killed in action in January 1918 at the age of 19.

A plaque bearing Mr Halsey’s name was found in Berkhamsted, on the other side of the county, 20 years ago by Margaret Casserley. She passed it on to the Hitchin branch of the Royal British Legion but so far no one has come forward to claim the plaque.

Hitchin poppy appeal organiser Mary Prowse said: “If no one comes forward from the family perhaps the plaque could be placed in the British Schools Museum, which would be appropriate as that was his school.”

Terry Ransome, a trustee at the museum, said: “It should come here if no family member comes forward. We would be happy to give Edward Halsey a welcome home.”

Research has revealed that Mr Halsey was the son of John and Minnie Agusto, who lived at 31 Grove Road, and a brother to John, Joseph and Mary.

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He was killed while serving in Sorel-le-Grand, France, and was buried in the French village at Fins New British Cemetery.

If you have any information to track down Mr Halsey’s family call Mary on 07925 528988.

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