A Chiswick war hero has finally been honoured with a headstone at his grave after 98 years thanks to a dedicated historian.

Former Chiswick resident John Matthias Lamb, born in Acton Green, Ealing, in 1890 to John Henry and Belinda Sarah Lamb, can rest in peace at his grave at St Nicholas Parish Church in Chiswick, almost a century after his death.

The news brought to an end an 18-month quest by Andy Wotton, keen historian and alumnus of Reed's School in Cobham, Surrey, who took up the challenge to research all former pupils from the school who died during the First World War.

John served as a soldier in 16th Battalion, County of London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles) and was posted to France in September 1916, but during the Battle of Arras was shot through his left lung developing complications which led to his untimely death on May 6, 1918, age 28.

Mr Wotton said: “I feel that it is important that all our WWI heroes should be recognised appropriately, but this was even more so as John Lamb was a fellow Old Reedonian.

"Apart from being very pleased that John has been properly acknowledged after all these years, it means also that his grave will be maintained by the CWGC, in perpetuity, a fact I am delighted about.”

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During his research Mr Wotton discovered John was not registered on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) database, so set about trying to put that right.

He gathered all the evidence he could regarding John's birth, his time at Reed's School, military record and eventual death and sent it off to the CWGC.

He traced the soldier's grave to St Nicholas Parish Church in Chiswick, and was helped in his quest by local archivist and librarian Carolyn Hammond.

The grave was unmarked, but the location details were shared with the CWGC, which ultimately assisted in their deliberations.

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Mark Hoskins, headmaster of Reed’s School said: “As a school we are indebted to Andy for his incredible enthusiasm and determination in not only all the research he has conducted around our former pupils who fell in the Great War, but also for the initiative and compassion he has shown in ensuring fellow Old Reedonian, John Lamb, is fittingly honoured and recognised."