REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY PARADE

Members of the Crewkerne branch of the Royal British Legion, Military personnel, the Royal Naval 845 Squadron of HMS Heron and representatives from Avon & Somerset Constabulary and Devon & Somerset Fire Service grouped into formation for the annual Remembrance Sunday parade at Severalls. They were joined for the solemn march through the avenue of trees to the War Memorial by town councillors, Army cadets and the town’s youth organisations of Scouts, Beavers, Cubs, Brownies and Rainbows. Four Crewkerne Army Cadets stood guard at the Severalls park monument of the standing infantryman, dedicated to the 127 men of Crewkerne who fell in the Great War.

The monument was built in 1922 of Cornish granite and along with the trees in the avenue, planted at the same time, commemorates the fallen men, who gave their lives for King and country. A short Gospel reading and prayers were said by the Reverend Stuart Huntley. The Remembrance Exhortation was delivered by the Chairman of Crewkerne Royal British Legion, Antony Samuel and the Kohima Epitaph said by Legion committee member Terry Austin. Standard bearers Andrew Watts and Brian E Forster lowered their ensigns as Mark Barrett sounded the Last Post. The Reveille was trumpeted after the two minutes silence. Two wreaths of poppies were laid at the foot of the war memorial by Crewkerne Police and Crewkerne Royal British Legion.

Many of the group came together later that morning for the wreath laying at the War Memorial in St Bartholomew’s churchyard, dedicated to the servicemen and service women who fell in World War 1 and World War 11. Wreaths were laid by all the town’s organisations and the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Association South Somerset Branch, Brothers In Arms, The Royal Fleet Auxillary, Royal Naval 845 Squadron, Freemasons and other associations. A Remembrance Service was then held in St Bartholomew’s Church before a community gathering, hosted by Crewkerne RBL at the George Reynolds Centre and refreshments for volunteers in this year’s Poppy Appeal, held at the King William public house in Crewkerne.

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