Daughter pays tribute by setting up website based on her father’s research
A loving daughter has dedicated a new website that remembers fallen heroes to a Norfolk man whose passion was researching past wars.
Donna Gray set up the website Heroes of Our Time with her partner Darren Rose and it’s based on the more than 2600 documents and 6300 photographs her father Richard Gray, of Hindolveston, gathered.
The website honours the Hindolveston soldiers that served and died in the First World War as well as the crew of the Wellington BK440 that crashed just outside the village in December 1943.
She said: “Unfortunately I lost my dad very suddenly last year. We always knew he was a great believer in respecting, researching and most importantly remembering fallen heroes of past wars, and following his sad passing we started to go through all the research he had left behind.
“We were both shocked at the lengths he had gone to and immensely proud of what we found.
“It was therefore very important to us that his research would not go to waste. So in his memory and to mark the anniversary of his passing our website came to form.”
She added: “For such a unique website the interest and response we have had has just been fantastic, it has been viewed world-wide.
“A great tribute to a man whose pure goal was to ensure people who had given their lives for their country and all of us were remembered.
“An example of his great work was his research of a plane crash during the war in his village. He was so determined that these lost pilots should be remembered that he built his own tribute outside his home so that people would stop and remember them.
“Such individual actions by our own local community should really not be forgotten and in this very poignant year which has seen both the anniversary of 100 years of the RAF, and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, it is important that these heroic endeavours of our ancestors are not forgotten by future generations to come.”
Mr Gray died on August 5 last year, aged 66.