September 19 2014 Latest news:
Monday, August 4, 2014
Crowds turned out in force at Sheringham, to remember the town’s 75 Great War dead, the youngest of whom, Harry Collings, was just 16 when he was killed.
The service was organised by Sheringham and District Royal British Legion secretary Mel Clarke and taken by St Peter’s Church assistant curate Lynn Chapman.
After the remembrance event, flowers and wreaths were laid at the war memorial by town mayor Tricia Brooks, legion branch chairman David Farrow and members of the public.
Also paying their respects were local Brownies, Scouts and Guides, as well as carnival queen Shannon Cramp and her attendants Brianne Neale and Cheryl Copeland.
Mrs Clarke, who is researching the backgrounds and burial places of the men listed on the war memorial, said the impact of First World War losses on Sheringham were devastating.
“At the time, there was a population of only 3,500 so, without even considering those who suffered life-changing injuries or who were affected mentally, 75 is a lot of men to lose.”
A candlelit commemoration will take place at the war memorial this evening from 10-11pm, with Sheringham residents also urged to join a “lights out” ceremony by leaving only one light on in their homes.
Mrs Clarke, who, as part of her research, has discovered Sheringham servicemen buried or commemorated in Jerusalem, France and Baghdad, said: “We wanted to organised a number of events to give people time to reflect and remember in a quiet, respectful way.”