Fallen heroes will be honoured at last

WE WILL REMEMBER: Wreathes of poppies in the window of Hix & Son in Holbeach.
WE WILL REMEMBER: Wreathes of poppies in the window of Hix & Son in Holbeach.

After nine months of research and fundraising, the names of the “forgotten” World War I fallen will be carved in stone next to the current list of brave soldiers who gave their lives for their country.

The act will be particularly poignant as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War.

Work began by stonemasons this week to stencil the names on to the stone in Ayscoughfee Gardens.

MP John Hayes, who chaired the committee which formed in order to find the names, said: “All of the names will be there on Sunday and we will be able to remember and honour them. We wanted to find the names this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1 as there could not be a better time to commemorate and remember those who fought.”

Mr Hayes worked alongside the local branches of the Western Front Association (WFA) and the Royal British Legion to research the names, with WFA branch member Cheryl Arnold spending years searching through archived copies of the Spalding Guardian and the Lincolnshire Free Press to find names of local soldiers.

The money was raised to begin work on the memorial through a stall in Spalding Market run by the Royal British Legion, as well as donations from councillors from their allowances.

Mr Hayes said: “Cheryl has been incredibly diligent in her work to find the names and we are really excited and pleased that the names will be on the memorial in time for Remembrance Sunday, as there is no reason as to why these names should have been missed off.

“Cheryl had to be very particular about getting the right names as many might be missing from the Spalding memorial but are on other memorials in villages around the town. It is also great to think that some of the people whose names will be going up on the memorial have descendents living in the area who will be able to see the names in the right place.”

Services and parades are being held throughout the area to mark Remembrance, which was also illustrated by a display of wreaths of poppies at Hix & Son estate agents in Holbeach.