Somme soldier honoured 100 years on
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WW1 soldier who fell at Somme honoured at home 100 years later

A World War One soldier killed in France has been honoured at home 100 years later after a relative heard his name by chance on radio.

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire was broadcasting from French battlefields when Joseph Cleaver's name was mentioned in an interview with a historian describing some of the Coventry soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme.

Joseph, who served with the 1st/7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was 31 when he was killed on the battle's first day. His body was never found.

Robert Bristow, a cousin, heard the broadcast and phoned in to the radio show, after which the idea to commemorate Joseph in Coventry took root.

  • 11 Nov 2016
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