5:28pm Tuesday 29th October 2013
A PHOTOGRAPH has emerged showing the spot where a North-East soldier was killed during the Second World War.
Lance Corporal Alfred Raymond Hope, from Darlington, was killed in a tank battle in the French hamlet of Ecots, in August 1944.
Details about the 33-year-old are scarce – he was the son of Alfred and Letitia Hope and was married to Alice Ivy.
Mrs Hope is shown in the picture at the scene of the tank battle in the tiny hamlet.
The identity of the soldier alongside her is unknown.
L Cpl Hope is buried in Ecots, just 15 yards from where the fateful battle took place.
A service of remembrance for him will be held on November 11.
Soldiers from the Queen’s Royal Hussars, the modern-day equivalent of his own battalion, will attend the service.
Efforts to trace the living descendants of L Cpl Hope have so far proved fruitless.
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