POIGNANT VISIT TO HON­OUR VIL­LAGE’S 12 FALLEN HEROES

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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 heroes@bt­in­ter­net.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

Re­mem­ber­ing: From left, Pete Rolt, Chris Peers and Gor­don How­land – mem­bers of the Holmer Green RBL – lay­ing a wreath

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