Shameful: Family’s appeal to restore war hero’s grave

The derelict gravestone of WW1 hero William Broughton in Darnall Cemetery in Sheffield
The derelict gravestone of WW1 hero William Broughton in Darnall Cemetery in Sheffield

This is the crumbling, litter-strewn grave of First World War hero Alfred Broughton in Darnall Cemetery.

Alfred fought from 1914 to 1918, in some of the war’s bloodiest battles, winning the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery – second only in rank to the Victoria Cross.

He was shot in the back, left for dead and taken prisoner, but he survived and somehow made it back to Sheffield after the war.

And this is the thanks we give him.

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Who will help restore Alfred Broughton’s ruined grave?

It is estimated that to restore or replace the stone work on his grave would cost between £1,000 and £2,000. There must be a businessman or woman, charity, public or private body who could help give peace to his family and respect for the memory of a man who gave almost everything for his country in wartime.

If anyone can help, contact Martin Smith via email at martin.smith@thestar.co.uk or The Star editor James Mitchinson at james.mitchinson@jpress.co.uk