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Whalley man joins Royals at First World War event

Mel Diack in Belgium at the start of the WW1 commemorations

Mel Diack in Belgium at the start of the WW1 commemorations

A community stalwart travelled to Europe to commemorate the start of the First World War, alongside royalty.

Mr Mel Diack (61), of Mitton Road, Whalley, was invited by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to attend the event, at St Symph-orien Military Cemetery, in Mons, Belgium, honouring the memory of his great-great uncle, William Bathgate.

Private Bathgate was killed in action in 1914, aged 24, and is buried at St Symphorien Military Cemetery.

Speaking about his visit, Mr Diack said: “I was surrounded by standard bearers from numerous regiments paying tribute to my great uncle.

“It was an honour to be invited. In attendance were Queen Mathilde and King Philip of Belgium, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and many other dignitaries.”

 

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