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The Grave of the Napoleonic Soldier

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Before leaving the grounds of the church of St. Nicholas in East Dereham, seek out an unusual shaped gravestone which is in the churchyard in front of the church door.

Its the grave of Jean de Narde of France who died 6th October 1799. 

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                  Location Link.During the Napoleonic wars the detached Bell Tower of St. Nicholas was turned into a prison.

Jean de Narde was captured and then imprisoned in this jail. 

However, he managed to escape but unfortunately was shot and killed by one of the soldiers who had been employed to guard the prisoners. 

So it was that he was buried in the grounds of his prison, the place where he had been interred and probably the place where he had been shot, he was just 28.