Last chance to apply for visit to European battlefields for First World War centenary

News Shopper: Councillor Kite laid flowers on the soldier's grave Councillor Kite laid flowers on the soldier's grave

Next Wednesday (MAY 9) is the last day people have to apply for a trip to the First World War battlefields.

Dartford residents can email Dartford Council leader Councillor Jeremy Kite about their family’s connection to the Great War, to mark 100 years since it began.

The trip to Europe, organised by Dartford Council, will offer participants the chance to connect with their family’s history and visit significant sites.

Dartford Council leader Councillor Jeremy Kite visited the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Ypres a few years ago to find the grave of fallen soldier, 26-year-old Lance Sergeant Charles Mackerness, from Fulwich Road.

He told News Shopper: "We took flowers from Central Park to his grave so we could bring a bit of Dartford to him.

"It was an incredibly moving experience, seeing row upon row of these graves."

Dartford Council has extended the application deadline for the fully-funded trip.

Places on the overnight-stay are limited - it is open to Dartford residents (along with a carer or companion if necessary).

Residents should email their story and contact details totheleader@dartford.gov.uk by midnight on Wednesday.

Read this feature on how Dartford changed during the war.

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