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Snettisham First World War soldier remembered at beach memorial service

PUBLISHED: 13:50 28 September 2018

A memorial service for Snettisham First World War soldier Harold Meek was attended by Lord Lieutenant of. Norfolk Richard Jewson, representatives from the army and navy and pupil Callum Yates. Picture: Stuart Dark

A memorial service for Snettisham First World War soldier Harold Meek was attended by Lord Lieutenant of. Norfolk Richard Jewson, representatives from the army and navy and pupil Callum Yates. Picture: Stuart Dark

Stuart Dark

A remembrance service was held at Snettisham Beach to remember a soldier from the village who died in the First World War.

Pictured at the Harold Meek memorial service in Snettisham - Rector Veronica Wilson, Ros Pugh chairman of Snettisham Parish Council, Lord Lieutenant of. Norfolk Richard Jewson, pupil Callum Yates and project lead Stuart Dark. Picture: Stuart DarkPictured at the Harold Meek memorial service in Snettisham - Rector Veronica Wilson, Ros Pugh chairman of Snettisham Parish Council, Lord Lieutenant of. Norfolk Richard Jewson, pupil Callum Yates and project lead Stuart Dark. Picture: Stuart Dark

The service, held on Saturday, September 22, commemorated Harold Meek, who died aged 23 in 1917 along with 609 others when HMS Aragon and HMS Attack were torpedoed by a U-boat off the coast of Egypt.

A wreath of west Norfolk lavender and rosemary was laid at sea along with letters from Harold’s family, Snettisham pupil Callum Yates and West Norfolk council.

These were laid by Snettisham Sailing Club with the service being led by the rector of Heacham and St Mary Veronica Wilson.

This was the 40th of 45 remembrance services conducted so far as part of Snettisham 45 - a remembrance project to honour the 45 villagers from Snettisham who lost their live in the 1914-1918 conflict.

The Lord Lieutenant, Richard Jewson, told villagers and organisers: “You’ve made Norfolk proud in the way you are remembering your fallen.

“I’m so pleased to see how the project has blossomed since its launch and the fact that the Royal British Legion has acknowledged you a Norfolk village as an example of national best practice on its ‘Thank You’ campaign alongside major household brands.”

Plans are in place to complete the final five before Armistice Day on Sunday, November 11.

Project team leader and county councillor Stuart Dark said: “Harold was the only one of our 45 heroes to be lost at sea, 3,700 miles from home and his body was never recovered.

“It was great, that with the help of the Sailing Club, we could come together to remember him and his comrades in a way that was both fitting and respectful in line with our mission to bring home to all of the 45, 100 years on.

“The icing on the cake for me was having the Lord Lieutenant stand with us to show his continuing support, the opportunity to also lay a letter on behalf of Harold’s family, newly identified by our research and Callum there to see his letter taking a pivotal role.”

The project is also raising money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers and the Poppy Appeal. To donate, visit: www.snettisham-remembers.co.uk.

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