Gren­fell fam­ily gather for un­veil­ing of hero’s trib­ute

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - LEST WE FORGET -

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.”

Pho­tos by Jon Mikol www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201411091

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

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