A LEAD bell ringer from St Laurence's Church, Upwey, is asking Echo readers for their help.

Together with a number of fellow bell ringers, tower captain Andrea Jacob is tracing the last steps of a former ringer who was lost in the First World War.

His name was Hope Brake and he was killed at Third Ypres in 1917. In August, the current ringers are visiting the site of his last action and have been granted the privilege of laying a wreath in his memory at the Menin Gate.

While this group of campanologists have a fair amount of information on Hope's last day, they would like to locate a photograph. Hope is known to have four children who continued to live in Weymouth and with such an unusual name, Andrea is hoping someone may have a picture somewhere.

She adds: "It would be amazing if we could see what this man who gave his all for his country looked like but so far we have drawn a blank."

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