Appeal over Second World War grave

The war grave of Frank Blood, from Skegness.
The war grave of Frank Blood, from Skegness.
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A Dutch national is appealing for information about a fallen Second World War servicemen from Skegness after adopting his war grave.

Isle Thuy-van de Velde, 43, from Hulst, in The Netherlands, has made the call in relation to leading aircraftman Frank Blood.

Mr Blood, son of Fred and Anne, was a member of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 967 Balloon Squadron. He died on May 30, 1945, aged 38, leaving wife Annie (Holmes) and son Haydon, who was born in 1943.

His grave is one of three Isle has adopted at Kloosterzande, in the Netherlands, along with those of Robert Kirk and Richard McCandless McKnight. She said she wanted to ‘recognise and appreciate what these men did for us to liberate our country’.

“For me it is personal. My Grandfather did hard labour building the Atlantikwall [coastal defence] in Breskens/Groede,” she added. “Other family members joined the local resistance groups in the eastern part of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen.”

Anyone with information (or has any thoughts on a Dutch national adopting a British person’s war grave) is asked to email Isle on jthuy@zeelandnet.nl