FORMER soldier Mark Newton is travelling the country on a mobility scooter cataloguing war graves.

Mark, 48, who hails from Swansea, started his journey in Wiltshire last month and so far has visited graves in Marlborough, Salisbury and Tidworth.

This week he has been staying at The White Hart, in Wroughton, while he travels to local cemeteries.

He served with 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards and suffered a life-changing injury to his right leg while based in Cyprus in 1991. He received support from the Royal British Legion, 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards and the Army Benevolent fund.

Since then he has been travelling the country on his scooter taking part in a series of fundraisers supporting these groups, among other good causes.

“With all the First World War centenary commemorations going on I thought this was a pertinent time to do something and remember someone’s father, brother or great-grandfather,” said Mark.

“I’m doing this because I’m grateful to everyone who has laid down their lives to allow our generation to do what they want. I think this is something which a lot of young people need reminding of.”

This week Mark visited Radnor Street Cemetery in Swindon.

He said: “It is hard work but I’ve enjoyed being at Radnor Street and seeing lots of wildlife.”

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