Headstone to be unveiled in Grantham cemetery for father of Carry On star
A service will be held in memory of the father of Carry On comedienne Hattie Jacques and a new headstone unveiled at his grave in Grantham cemtery.
The ceremony will take place on August 8 to commemorate Flying Officer Robin Jaques who died at the age of 26 when his aircraft crashed near Grantham in August 1923.
Peter Reichelt, vice-chairman of Lincolnshire Family History Society, has been planning the ceremonial unveiling of the Portland stone headstone since he held a low-key commemoration and wreath-laying ceremony in the cemetery in 2013, 90 years to the day that Flying Officer Jaques died. The grave has never had a headstone.
Mr Jaques left a widow and two young children, one of whom was 18-month-old Josephine Edwina Jaques, later to be known as Hattie Jacques. Hattie would add later include the ‘c’ in her surname.
Mr Reichelt and former Grantham Mayor Graham Wheat, who are trustees of the Robin Jaques Memorial Fund, have planned the unveiling so it will be held 92 years to the day since Flying Officer Jacques’ plane, an Avro 504K, came down between Cold Harbour and Somerby village. The event will start at 1pm and Brian Lucas, retired Air Vice Marshall and RAF chaplain, will conduct the service which is open to the public.
Attending will be members of the Royal British Legion, Burma Veterans, RAFA and Grantham air cadets. It is hoped there will be a fly-past by a Spitfire and a Hurricane.
Invitations have also been sent to those who made donations to help pay for the headstone.