Thanks from war hero’s family

EDITOR – Many, many thanks to the Leader for the publication of the article about our late uncle, Gunner George Alan Mountain of Mablethorpe.

The fall of Singapore and his capture was 70 years ago, but to us his memory is still fresh.

Sam Kinnaird, working with a few basic facts that we provided shaped an excellent story.

Well done Sam, a proper journalist.

We wish to also thank members of the Royal British Legion, local residents and the town council for caring for Mablethorpe’s war memorial.

In the same issue (March 7) there was a snippet about East Lindsey District Council sitting on a ‘rainy day’ reserve of £22 million! In this special Jubilee year could they not release some monies to renovate war memorials in the area?

Our grandparents retired back to Spilsby where they had also been in business, but grandad died not long afterwards. His heart was broken!

Our mother and father were married in Mablethorpe and then in early 1940 he joined the Navy, serving as a petty officer (signals) in all the theatres of war.

On April 1, 1945 he was shot by a kamikaze plane while fighting in the Pacific and is buried at sea. Another ‘local lad’ so far from home.

Well done to the Leader for your kindness.

DAVID MITCHELL

On behalf of the Mountain and Mitchell families

West Parade, Lincoln