‘We must en­sure that as a na­tion we never for­get’


DOZENS of events are planned across the county this week­end as Not­ting­hamshire pays its re­spects to the fallen.

Not­ting­hamshire County Cricket Club has un­veiled a me­mo­rial for the six mem­bers of the club who were killed dur­ing the First World War.

Alexan­der Craw­ford, Ralph Hem­ing­way, Harold Hodges, Charles Pep­per, Wil­liam Ri­ley and Har­vey Staunton all played for Notts but never re­turned from the war.

Rel­a­tives of the six ser­vice­men were present at an event un­veil­ing the wood carv­ing at the side of the steps to the pav­il­ion.

Cur­rent armed forces per­son­nel said it was vi­tal to re­mem­ber the fallen.

David Fox, 59, staff of­fi­cer who works in lo­gis­tics at Chetwynd Bar­racks, Chilwell, said: “There are peo­ple who go on and say it was 100 years ago and it should be for­got­ten.

“But ac­tu­ally con­flicts go on ev­ery year. Many peo­ple died and I think it’s right and proper of the na­tion to re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fices peo­ple made in or­der to pro­tect our way of life.”

War­rant of­fi­cer Richard Bowles, 51, part of the Royal Lo­gis­tics Corps based in Lough­bor­ough, added: “It is the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice but a lot of sol­diers don’t, even in modern times, think of it like that. It’s the job they ac­tu­ally love do­ing.”

A num­ber of events have al­ready taken place this week to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War.

Thou­sands of spec­ta­tors watched the Bri­tish Army take on the Ger­mans in two foot­ball matches at the city’s foot­ball clubs on Thurs­day. The Bri­tish women lost 2-1 at Meadow Lane and, in the sec­ond, the Ger­mans won 3-1 at the City Ground.

Not­ting­hamshire County Coun­cil chair­man Coun­cil­lor Sue Sadding­ton said: “The next few days mark a poignant an­niver­sary mark­ing the end of World War One, and it is fit­ting that there are so many events county-wide to mark this im­por­tant 100-year mile­stone.

“We must en­sure as a na­tion that we never for­get those who gave their lives and sac­ri­ficed so much for us all.”

Linda Fleck­nall, Royal Bri­tish Le­gion area man­ager for the East Mid­lands, said: “This Armistice Day we take the op­por­tu­nity to not only pause and re­mem­ber those who served and died in the First World War, but all those who have fallen in the ser­vice of our coun­try in the hun­dred years since.

“It is im­por­tant we never for­get the con­tri­bu­tion and sac­ri­fices of our past he­roes but we must also look for­ward with hope for our armed forces com­mu­nity of to­day.”

The wood carv­ing at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, com­mem­o­rat­ing the six play­ers who lost their lives in the Great War. Pic­tured are Wil­liam, Ed­mund, Robert and Eliz­a­beth Staunton, de­scen­dants of Har­vey Staunton.

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