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Soldiers remembered at emotional West Deeping service




A plaque to commemorate soldiers from West Deeping who fought in the First World War has been re-dedicated.

The plaque was installed at St Andrew’s Church in 1922 to honour 32 men from the village who returned safely from war.

The Bloodworth family at a remembrance service in West Deeping
The Bloodworth family at a remembrance service in West Deeping

Wear and tear forced the plaque to be taken down 18 months ago but it has now been restored and returned to the church in time for the centenary of the end of the war.

The re-dedication service was led by RAF Wittering’s padre, the Reverend Squadron Leader Stewart Shaw, and was attended by 100 guests including families of the fallen soldiers and MP for South Holland and the Deepings, John Hayes.

Royal British Legion members Burt Flatters, Phil Dilks and Mike Donoghue
Royal British Legion members Burt Flatters, Phil Dilks and Mike Donoghue

Churchwarden Colin Blagrave said: “It was a beautiful and fitting service. Everyone said it was incredibly moving.”

As part of the remembrance events in the village, West Deeping Heritage Group has put together an exhibition about the First World War soldiers.

It gives a personal account of their roles in the war and is on display at the church now until Sunday.

A remembrance service was held in West Deeping
A remembrance service was held in West Deeping


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