POIGNANT VISIT TO HONOUR VILLAGE’S 12 FALLEN HEROES
MEMBERS from the Holmer Green and District branch of the Royal British Legion recently visited the First World War cemeteries in France and Flanders, Belgium, where over two days they visited the graves and memorials of 12 of the village’s men who fell there.
Legion standard bearers Gordon Howland and Pete Rolt presented the standards while branch chairman Chris Peers laid wreaths and gave the exhortation in remembrance and tribute.
Historian Stuart King recorded the ceremonies as part of a permanent photographic and video record of the project.
The team were also privileged to parade the standards and lay a wreath during the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres – the 30,240th time it had been held since 1928.
The trip was part of a wider project to research and publish a book that commemorates the village’s First World War heroes, stage an exhibition in the village centre to showcase the project’s findings and to hold memorial ceremonies on the centenary of each man’s death.
The project is run entirely by volunteers from the community including staff and students from Holmer Green Senior School and is supported by a funding grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The team are keen to view information, photos and memorabilia for any of the village’s men who fought, whether they fell or came home again - contact holmergreen email@example.com for more information.
Remembering: From left, Pete Rolt, Chris Peers and Gordon Howland – members of the Holmer Green RBL – laying a wreath