This story had such an effect on Anna that she decided to track down the family of the injured soldier to tell them their ancestor didn't die alone.
"The reading of that brought me to tears and I was able to go on to the Commonwealth War Graves website and did a search on a couple of internet sites and find the relatives of Hoiland.
"Not knowing much more than the fact that they were Hoilands and had obviously lost him as part of their family group.
"I transcribed the section that related to his demise and said quite candidly that the evidence was there that he didn't die on his own, that he was in the arms of a soldier who cared for him even in his last moments," said Anna.
The journal is a fitting memorial for Clarence Ahier and the men who fought and suffered with him in the trenches.
And this is surely a better tribute than his only other memorial, an unmarked grave at Mont A L'Abbe cemetery.
Photos of Clarence Ahier were taken from his Occupation ID card and are supplied by Jersey Heritage. Archive images of the Somme from PA.
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I think that it is very sad that this ex soldier has an unmarked grave. If any subscription was started to provide a suitable tombstone, I would like to contribute to it.
Suzanne, St Ouen
A brave old soldier without a headstone, how sad!
I wonder if the auspices of The Royal British Legion could be prevailed upon to rectify this omission.
I have to ask as an amateur historian will I be able to see and use the images and text for free or will there be a charge and is this what the donor wanted for local amateur historians to be charged to use this document.
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