Grenfell family gather for unveiling of hero’s tribute
HUNDREDS of people joined in the Remembrance parade in Beaconsfield and to stand in silence.
Scout groups and cadets and members of the Royal British Legion gathered at the war memorial, in Windsor End.
They were joined by Dominic Grieve, MP for Beaconsfield, South Bucks District Council chairman Santokh Chhokar, Mayor of Beaconsfield Steve Jones, Deputy Lieutenant of Bucks Jenefer Farncombe, and 40 members of the Grenfell family for the unveiling of a plaque in memory of Captain Francis Grenfell.
Captain Grenfell, who was born in Guildford in 1880, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in leading a group of officers and men of the 9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers during the First World War.
Lord Julian Grenfell had travelled from France for the occasion, and two Lancers had flown in from Germany.
Wreaths were laid at the war memorial, including one from Eton College, where both Captain Grenfell and his twin brother, Riversdale, were educated.
The Victoria Cross and Riversdale’s medals were on display.
Following a minute’s silence, a service was held at St Mary and All Saints Church followed by a lunch for special guests in The Fitzwilliams Centre.
Dick Smith, chairman of the Royal British Legion, said: “It was amazing, a very auspicious occasion.”
TIME TO REFLECT: A huge crowd (below left) encircling the war memorial; (below) Lord Julian Grenfell and others pay their respects after the plaque (inset) is unveiled