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Horden Memorial Park will also hold a Beacon Lighting Service and Ringing Out For Peace event, starting at 7pm on Sunday. A proud grandson has paid tribute to a Wearside war hero who made it home after the bloodiest global conflict in history.
John Walker, a Sunderland man through and through, had known Army life since he was 16.
Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, grandson David Richardson described the man, who was a member of the 37th Machine Guns Division when he became a hero at Rossignol Wood, Belgium just months before the First World War ended.
John, born in 1898, was wounded earlier in battle when he was shot. He still had a bullet lodged in his arm when he fought back valiantly against a strong enemy and overcame the foe.
“He was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery,” said David.
The citation read: “The Field Marshall, Commanding in Chief, has under authority granted by his Majesty The King, awarded the following decoration to the undermentioned.”
David told how his grandad continued to play a part in Forces life long after the war.
“He also used to lead the procession in Sunderland every Remembrance Sunday,” said David.”