‘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.