93-year-old Sunderland resident Mary Reid honoured for tending to German war graves for over 60 years

19 October 2017

On 18 October, Sunderland resident Mary Reid was presented the Gold Cross of Honour, the German War Graves commission’s highest honour, in a ceremony at Castletown cemetery in recognition of her tending to German war graves for over 60 years.

93-year-old Sunderland resident Mary Reid honoured for tending to German war graves for over 60 years Enlarge image 93-year-old Sunderland resident Mary Reid honoured for tending to German war graves for over 60 years (© North News & Pictures ltd) The Gold Cross of Honour was presented by the German Embassy London's Military Attache Colonel J Ruetten and Honorary Consul in Newcastle upon Tyne Manuela Wendler.

Mrs Reid, who served in the Royal Ordnance Corps and was chairwoman of the Castletown section of the Royal British Legion has tended to the ten German war graves among over 40 war burials in the cemetery for over sixty years.

Embassy Military Attache Colonel J Ruetten praised Mrs Reid for devoting six decades of her life to tend to the war graves of servicemen she had never known personally in the spirit of reconciliation, peace and remembrance.

Click here for the Northern Echo's coverage of the ceremony.

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