Julia’s mission

THE great-niece of a woman buried in an unmarked grave for 80 years has tracked down her relative s final resting place after years of searching. Julia Forster, from Grace Way, Stevenage, found Jessica Beeson s grave last week at a cemetery in St Albans.

THE great-niece of a woman buried in an unmarked grave for 80 years has tracked down her relative's final resting place after years of searching.

Julia Forster, from Grace Way, Stevenage, found Jessica Beeson's grave last week at a cemetery in St Albans.

Mrs Beeson died in 1937 aged just 29 of kidney failure.

Mrs Forster, who is originally from Yorkshire, said: "My grandmother's sister died very young and for years nobody in my family knew where she was buried.

"But a few weeks ago my cousin was going through some papers in his mother's loft and found this photo of my great-aunt from the 1930s.

"There was writing on the back saying where she had been buried and asking family to visit her.

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"I might be the first person to see her grave in God-knows how many years. As far as I know nobody's ever been to the grave."

Mrs Forster has now launched a search for Mrs Beeson's husband's descendents so she can put up a gravestone.

Cemetery bosses said they cannot transfer ownership of the grave to her without the consent of the family of Charles Beeson.

All the information Mrs Forster has about Mr Beeson is that he was the headmaster of an unknown school in Leicester and remarried after her great-aunt's death.

Mr Beeson had a son from that marriage and now Mrs Forster is desperate to trace him or his relatives so she can erect the gravestone.

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