Pri­vate Shilton was re­mem­bered

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

IN re­sponse to the let­ter in the Hinck­ley Times dated 14th Novem­ber from Ian Shilton, we, at Burbage Her­itage Group, would like to say that Pte Les­lie Shilton who is in­scribed on Burbage War Me­mo­rial was re­mem­bered on the an­niver­sary of his death on 4th Novem­ber 1918.

Over the past four years we have been re­mem­ber­ing all the men who died from Burbage by light­ing a can­dle on the an­niver­sary of their death. Chil­dren from each of the three Burbage pri­mary schools have at­tended the War Me­mo­rial and heard about the sol­dier and taken a bi­og­ra­phy back to school to share with their teach­ers and friends. Pte Shilton was among the fi­nal four sol­diers to be re­mem­bered on Thurs­day 1st Novem­ber 2018.

We know that Pte Shilton was fight­ing near to Wil­fred Owen and died on the same day just one week be­fore the Ar­mistice was de­clared. They are both buried at the small Ors Com­mu­nal Ceme­tery in France where they are two of the 59 sol­diers also buried there.

This year in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Burbage Parish Coun­cil, com­mem­o­ra­tive blue plaques have been fixed to the homes of fallen sol­diers where those homes still ex­ist and Pte Shilton is re­mem­bered with a plaque on Bri­tan­nia Road, formerly Balls Lane.

If Ian would like to con­tact ei­ther Sylvia at Sylvi­awhit­[email protected]­mail.com or Ann at an­nand­bobcrab­[email protected] we would be grate­ful to learn more about his rel­a­tive. Does Ian have a pho­to­graph of Pte Shilton?

‘Dulce et deco­rum est, Pro patria mori’ - Wil­fred Owen

Sylvia Whit­worth, Ann Crab­tree

THE politi­cians who ini­ti­ated, lied and got us into this Brexit mess are a dis­grace. David Cameron is sit­ting with his feet up in the South of France, Nigel Farage is still draw­ing his euro MP salary and do­ing noth­ing, Boris John­son is wait­ing to ful­fil his per­sonal am­bi­tion.

They all have prop­erty, land and book deals worth mil­lions while or­di­nary cit­i­zens are see­ing house prices fall­ing, jobs at risk and an un­cer­tain fu­ture as the whole world laughs at us for what we have done - to our­selves. The coun­try de­serves bet­ter than this.

Alan Hughes, Burbage

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