Pupil lays wreath for fallen

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

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.”

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