On Sunday 4th November 2018, the branch held a Service of Remembrance at the grave of Pte Frank Skuce in Poole Cemetery.
Headstone before cleaning
Headstone after cleaning
Headstone with wreath
Frank Skuce was a Canadian Soldier from Nesbitt Manitoba who was wounded in action in October 1918, evacuated to the Cornielia Hospital in Poole, but died on 4th November 1918 from a combination of his wounds & Influenza (Spanish Flu).
His is the only Canadian grave in the cemetery and we thought that it is unlikely that it had ever been visited in the 100 years since Frank had died. With the 100th anniversary of his death only a few months away, The Bournemouth, Poole & District Branch, Royal Tank Regiment Association, decided that this significant day would not pass unnoticed.
We cleaned up his grave, and then on the day, the Vicar of St Georges Church in Poole led the service at his graveside, a wreath was laid, the Canadian National Anthem was played, and when the Trumpeter played last post, "Two" Royal Tank Regiment Association Standards were lowered in salute. It was a poignant, moving and very dignified ceremony.
On 3rd November 2018, Frank Skuce was an Unkown Canadian Soldier, laying in a forgotten grave, lost in time. On 4th November he wasn't unknown anymore, he wasn't forgotten anymore, and he wasn't lost anymore.