TWO men have visited the grave of a relative who died during the First World War on the 100th anniversary.

Nick Abrams, 73, went to Belgium with his son Alex, 40, to be at the grave of his uncle Arthur Powney on September 15 - the day he was shot down 100 years ago.

Mr Abrams, who lives near Langford Budville, said: “When 2017 came around we thought it would be nice to take some roses from an English garden and place them on my uncle’s grave.

“It was interesting, but extremely sad. Arthur was my mother’s elder brother.

“We’ve always had photos of Arthur hanging at the house and his log book and official documents. Because he was in the Royal Flying Core, which is now the Royal Air Force, we had all the information about how and where he had died.

“That’s extremely unusual because for most people that died, you’re never sure exactly where.

“When you got there, there was a big archway of 52,000 names of men whose bodies weren’t found or buried, there’s rows and rows of names. It really brings it home to you.”

Nick and Alex arranged to meet people over there to explore the site where Arthur had taken off and fallen to his death.

“We visited the airfield where he took off from and found the spot where his plane landed,” He said.

“We went to the cemetery where he was buried and visited a museum, to our shock we found a photo of my uncle there.

“We gave the information we had to the man running the museum and he was thrilled. We are a family of book finders, history is in our blood.”