Bourne’s 37 war heroes to be remembered
Remembrance Sunday is always a poignant time but this year it will take on even more significance when 37 new names are dedicated at the war memorial.
Bourne United Charities, which administer the War Memorial Gardens, took the decision to add the 37 additional names of heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War last year.
The plaque, carrying the extra names, was installed on the War Memorial in South Street on Friday last week and the plaques will be dedicated during next Sunday’s Remembrance Day service when their names will be read out.
Bourne United Charities trustee John Kirkman said the service had been growing in popularity every year and he hoped that trend would continue this year.
He said: “It’s a relatively rare occasion to have extra names added to a war memorial, going back to the First World War. I think it’s important that we remember them.
“The service and the occasion has been growing year on year and it’s now a huge event. I think it will continue to grow this year, especially in light of this.”
The parade will assemble at 10am at the bus station on Sunday, November 8, and leave at about 10.15am. The service will start at about 10.45am and will be led by Father Chris Atkinson, from Bourne Abbey Church.
The Bourne branch of the Royal British Legion is coordinating the service and secretary Jake Jacobs also urged people to attend.
He said: “I hope to see a good amount of people there.”
Following the service at the War Memorial, a special Remembrance Day service will be held at Bourne Abbey Church.
Last year, Bourne United Charities also installed 22 memorial stones with accompanying wooden crosses to create a veterans’ walk. Each of the stones represents the military units that took part in both world wars, and the civilian casualties.
Wreaths will be laid at the crosses prior to the Remembrance Sunday service.
The additional names were discovered by military historian Tony Stubbs following research. The new plaque is installed on the western side of the memorial.
Jonathan Smith, whose great uncle L/Cpl Albert Codling is one of the new names to be added to the plaque, said: “The family are delighted that his sacrifices have finally been recognised in this way. He died 100 years ago this year, which makes it even more poignant.
“Some of the family will be represented during the Remembrance Sunday service to remember him.”