A woman has spoken of the poignant moment she saw the outline of a soldier marked in rain water on a house in a street named after a rifleman who died on Remembrance Sunday.
The image appeared on Samuel Bassett Avenue in Plymouth during the storms on Friday and remains visible on the 100th Armistice Day, almost exactly nine years to the day since the young rifleman was killed in Afghanistan.
Plymouth Live reports that Samuel Bassett, from Cornwall was killed in a blast in Northern Helmand on November 8, 2009, just 31 days into his first tour. He was just 20 years old.
Bryony Summerland, 25, said she first saw the water markings on Friday morning and they have been there ever since.
“I looked out the window at the house opposite and saw it straight away,” said Bryony.
“The marking first appeared during the rain on Friday and haven’t disappeared.
“I asked my partner ‘what do you see?’ and she also said that she thought it was a soldier.
“I’d never noticed any water marks on the house before and being Remembrance Sunday it is really quite poignant.
“Obviously this street is named after Samuel Bassett which is a nice tribute to him.
“I posted a photo on Facebook and it’s had a huge reaction so I guess I’m not the only one who think it looks like a soldier.”
In 2011, developer Taylor Wimpey named two Plymouth streets alongside a development after Samuel.
One is Samuel Bassett Avenue and the other called Rifleman’s Close.
Tributes were paid to Samuel following his death with friends and family describing him as a “real character and joker” who loved serving in the Army.
Remembrance Day events are being held across Plymouth on Sunday as the city fell silent 11am to mark the 100th Armistice Day.