Holbeach St Johns marks Somme centenary

Last Post is played by an air cadet. SG180916-110TW

Last Post is played by an air cadet. SG180916-110TW

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Around 100 people joined a church service and wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial as Holbeach St Johns marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

The church service was led by the Rev Barbara Hutchinson and then the congregation, including four standard bearers from The Royal British Legion and eight air cadets from Spalding, moved to the war memorial for the wreath laying and the playing of Last Post and Reveille.

A poppy wreath is laid on the memorial. SG180916-111TW

A poppy wreath is laid on the memorial. SG180916-111TW

Churchwarden Alan Sears said there are 16 names on the war memorial and all were read aloud. There were also readings. The event was organised by ex-serviceman Barry Joyce and his wife, Joan.

The Battle of the Somme took place from July 1 to November 18 in 1916 and came to symbolise the enormous losses of the First World War.

Almost every community across the UK lost men in the battle.

The Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, head of remembrance at the Royal British Legion, said all communities were being asked to commemorate those who fell at The Somme.

The scene at the war memorial as The Royal British Legion, ex-service personnel and the public honoured the fallen of The Somme. SG180916-112TW

The scene at the war memorial as The Royal British Legion, ex-service personnel and the public honoured the fallen of The Somme. SG180916-112TW

He said: “Their sacrifice, and that of communities across the country, is as relevant today as ever but in this centenary year we pay special tribute to their service.”

Members of the public paying tribute to the fallen. SG180916-113TW

Members of the public paying tribute to the fallen. SG180916-113TW

Standard bearers beside the war memorial at Holbeach St Johns. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG180916-115TW

Standard bearers beside the war memorial at Holbeach St Johns. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG180916-115TW