Sheffield World War One graves ‘left in a mess’

Peter Yates in St Thomas' Church graveyard, where the grave of World War One soldier James Dickinson is among the overgrown weeds and bushes.

Peter Yates in St Thomas' Church graveyard, where the grave of World War One soldier James Dickinson is among the overgrown weeds and bushes.

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Japanese knotweed has almost completely covered a war grave in a Sheffield cemetery - with council bosses saying they are ‘unable’ to clear the invasive plant from the memorial.

The grave of Private John James Dickinson, who was 22 when he died in World War I, is covered by undergrowth at the former St Thomas Church graveyard.

Local man Peter Yates, who lives close to the former church on Holywell Road near Meadowhall, said he is saddened by the state of the grave, and the level of repair of two other war graves belonging to men called William Kent and Lewis Barwell at the site.

 

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