Pupil lays wreath for fallen
A TYTHERINGTON High School pupil was selected to lay a wreath in memory of fallen soldiers at Manchester’s remembrance service.
Alexander Gitlin, 13, who lives on Birch Way in Prestbury, was chosen as one of several youngsters to represent the youth of Manchester at the ceremony at Manchester’s cenotaph.
A member of the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade, JLGB, since 2009, Alexander was ‘very proud’ to be chosen to carry out the honour by the Sergeant Major for the Manchester Battalion of the organisation, Laura Preston.
Mum Sue said: “I was very proud. Alexander was dressed very smartly and has been taught to march properly by the JLGB.
“He is very aware of the reason why he was there.
“He knows what’s going on in the world nowadays and that people in 1914 and 1939 volunteered to sign up to fight for their country. He is very conscious of that.”
Readings from different faiths took place at the service to remember the variety of religions of those who fought in the first and second world wars.
Neil Martin, JLGB chief executive, said: “This year marks 100 years since the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade joined the war effort by affiliating to the cadet forces.
“Sadly, 535 of our members and leaders were killed in action, one third of the fatality list of British Jews who died in World War One.”