Searching for soldier’s family in Luton to reunite them with First World War scroll

Scroll for a soldier's family from the First World War
Scroll for a soldier's family from the First World War

A woman is searching for the family of a soldier who died in the First World War to reunite them with his scroll.

Marie Veness, from London, is hoping she can find the family, who she believes live in Luton, and give them the scroll that was given to families after a soldier died during action in the First World War.

Private Henry Bunyan M M of the Leicestershire regiment was 21 when he died in Flanders, on April, 26, 1918, he is commemorated on the memorial at Tyne Cot in Belgium.

Marie said: “My friend was clearing out a house in London about 30 years ago and found the scroll, he put it away and forgot all about it. Last week he found it and we want to reunite it with the soldier’s family.

“I have been researching and found out that he had a sister called Maud Bunyan, and at the time when he died she lived at 6 St Ann’s Road, in Luton, I think the family might still live in Luton.

“I have also found out that Private Bunyan may be commemorated in St Mary’s church in Luton, and he was raised by an aunt named Rosetta croft, after his parents died when he was young.

”During the war, when a soldier died in action, his family was given a scroll and I want to get this back to his family.

“It is framed and has a message about how they lost their lives fighting for others to have a future, and how they should not be forgotten. I think it will be something special for them, especially with this year being the centenary of the end of the First World War.”

If you can help Marie reunite the scroll with Henry’s family email rieveness@gmail.com.