There are two war graves in Hacheston churchyard. Both are of men who were wounded in action but returned to hospitals in the UK where they died. The right headstone is for Lance Corporal Harry Cuthbert Fletcher who died of wounds on the 1st May 1917.
The left headstone is for Sergeant Samuel Smith who died of wounds on the 19th October 1916. It also has the name inscribed on it of his brother Lance Corporal William Smith who was killed in action on the 20th July 1916 and who has no known grave.
With the Centenary of the Armistice coming up on Sunday, November 11th, 2018, the Remembrance ceremony for churchyards that contain WW1 graves, as requested by the Royal British Legion (RBL), took place on Thursday, 8th November, 2018 at 11am. The Act of Remembrance was performed by the Revd Canon Richard Ginn and poppy crosses were laid on the war graves. This date was chosen by the RBL so as not to conflict with the main Act of Remembrance on November 11th.
The Act of Remembrance was attended by representatives of Hacheston PCC, Hacheston Parish Council, and residents who remember the men's families.
David Clough and Richard Ginn