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Memorial visit for granddaughter
Judith Lampitt
Judith Lampitt said it was emotional visiting the monument
The granddaughter of a soldier shot for desertion has met the man behind adding his name to a war memorial on a visit to the monument.

World War I soldier Pte Joseph Bateman, of Wordsley, West Midlands, was shot in December 1917 by firing squad.

Historian Graham Hodgson got Dudley Council to add the soldier's name to Wordsley's war memorial last year.

The Staffordshire Regiment soldier's grand-daughter, Judith Lampitt, was traced after a TV appeal in January.

Marked by lipstick

A BBC Midlands Today report featuring the historian told her how Pte Bateman died at 0635 GMT on 3 December 1917.

Ms Lampitt, from Evesham, Worcestershire, said: "(Mr Hodgson) has done all of the hard work. We didn't know how my grandfather had died.

"I knew he died in the war, he'd been shot in the war, but I had no idea at all he had died in that way."

Ms Lampitt said she felt emotional visiting the memorial, which stands in front of Holy Trinity Church, where her grandparents had married.

She has now shown the historian what Pte Bateman looked like - the only photograph is marked by lipstick where her grandmother kissed it after learning of his death.

Pte Bateman was one of 306 British deserters shot by firing squad during WWI.

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