Church hosts exhibition of parish war graves

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Darlington reporter

A CHURCH will honour the young men of its parish who died in the Great War with an exhibition charting their family graves.

St Andrews Church in Haughton, Darlington, will open its doors to the public tomorrow (Monday, August 4) between 10am and 4pm to allow quiet reflection and personal prayer.

The church has also put together a photographic exhibition of the graves in the churchyard that bear the names of sons, husbands and brothers who were killed in the First World War and whose remains were buried in France and Belgium.

Audrey Pearson, who helped put the exhibition together, adopted the grave of a young soldier, Isaac Pattison, and has tended it for many years, only to discover last year that her own daughter coincidentally married one of Isaac's descendants.

She hopes that the information gathered for the exhibition will be of use to anyone looking to trace their family history and find out more about relatives killed in the war.

The church will be open every Wednesday until the end of October, between 10am and 4pm, where the exhibition will be on display.

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