When Wayne Hartshorne from Staffordshire in the U.K. saw that the grave of an Australian airman was untended, he felt that he should pay his respect. So for years, he kept the plot tidy without knowing the story of the hero whose last resting place he looked after. Then some friends made a breakthrough, and the tale of the young flier miles from home was revealed.

Hartshorne lives in the town of Cannock in England’s West Midlands, near the Cannock Chase Cemetery. And the wartime navigator whose grave he looks after in that cemetery is a complete stranger to him. But that didn’t stop him restoring and caring for his grave.

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