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Plaque marks grandad’s wartime bravery

COMMEMORATIVE ... the plaque presented to the family of George Curry-Kane, who died in action in France during the First World War.

COMMEMORATIVE ... the plaque presented to the family of George Curry-Kane, who died in action in France during the First World War.

A FAMILY have restored a precious memento to its former glory to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

George Curry-Kane was delighted to rediscover a memorial plaque which commemorated his grandfather George Curry, a former pitman, who was killed in action in France.

The 78-year-old recalls being given it by his late mother, Mary Kennedy, many years ago.

But it only reappeared a few weeks ago when a relative found it in his loft, along with a silver pocket watch.

He said: “I am delighted that it’s resurfaced again.

“We’ve cleaned it all up, so you can read the inscription.

“I am not sure how it ended up in the loft, but it’s perfect timing for having found it, with it being the anniversary of the start of the First World War.

“We’re all very proud of it.

The wooden plaque, which was presented by the Durham Miners Association, Marsden Lodge, reads: “In honour of the memory of G. Curry who made the supreme sacrifice for his country in the Great War.”

George, from Biddick Hall, South Shields, doesn’t know too many details about his grandfather, who he never met, except that he was working as a miner at the former Whitburn Colliery when he was called into action. He added: “I followed in his footsteps and worked down the pit at Whitburn and later at Westoe in South Shields.

“He was definitely in the Army, but I don’t know when he died exactly.”

George is now hoping to open up the silver pocket watch, as he’s never seen inside of it.

He said: “I’ve never had it open, but from what I can remember it was presented at the same time as the plaque was.

“But I’ve never seen inside, so I’m not sure if there will be any words.”

George’s grandson Jake Kane, 13, wants to put his great-grandfather’s plaque on display in his bedroom.

He added: “Jake is quite keen to put it in his room, so we thought we’d let people have a look at it first and then he can keep it safe.”

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