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Wreath to honour the fallen

LAC Armourer Frank Ross to visit the memorial

08 November, 2018

The POW memorial in Mornington Crescent

VETERANS will be laying wreaths at Mornington Crescent war memorial this Sunday to mark Remembrance Day.

Among them will be Frank Ross, who lives in Roseberry Mansions, run by One Housing, in King’s Cross.

Mr Ross served as LAC Armourer, known as Ground Crew, with 49 Bomber Squadron, mainly in Lincolnshire.

Richard Green, his nephew, said: “There were loads of air­fields in Lincolnshire because it is very flat. My uncle would load the planes with bombs and load them up to the destructive devices.”

Mr Ross was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago and moved into Roseberry Mansions this year after his health deteriorated.

Mr Green added: “He has photos of himself with his crew and remembers all their names.

He can remember 50 years ago but he can’t remember what day of the week it is.”

After the war Mr Ross moved to Kent House, Ferdinand Street, and worked at London Zoo before getting a job at Hilger & Watts on St Pancras Way making scientific instruments. He has been retired for 30 years.

“He would travel to see his friends in Scotland, Canada and Holland, some of whom he met during the war, and most of whom are dead now,” Mr Green said.

Shola Ipigbhe, general manager at Roseberry Mansions, said: “Every November we remember the Great War and the ultimate sacrifices that were made to ensure the freedoms that we take for granted today. One Housing are proud to support the honouring of all the service personnel who have fought in every conflict.”

She added: “We are delighted to give one of our residents at Roseberry Mansions the opportunity to lay a wreath on our behalf on this, the 100th anniversary.”

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