Ash Parish Council

Ash War Memorial Rededication

Service and Parade

We Will Remember Them

Following the restoration work of the War Memorial undertaken during the summer Ash Parish Council held a War Memorial Rededication Service and Parade on Sunday 10th August 2014.

With the assistance of Sally Jenkinson from Ash Museum, the Council contacted as many relatives of those listed on the War Memorial to invite them to the Service and Parade.

Unfortunately the weather was not very kind, as the remnants of hurricane Bertha decided to join us. However during the main part of the service the rain did hold off.

The specailly invited guests joined Ash Parish Councillors, The Mayor and Mayoress of Guildfird, Cllr David Elms and Mrs Wendy Elms, Representatives from 22 Field Hospital and 4 Armoured Medical Regiment, representatives from the Royal Britsh Legion, The Normandy Veterans Association and The Naval Veterans Association. Members of the U3A, Guides and Scouts and St John Ambulance were also present.

The Parade to the War Memorial was led by the Union Flag carried by Royal Signals Veteran, Fred Bridges, he was accompanied by the standards from the Royal British Legion and the Naval Veterans Association.

The Service was conducted by members of the local clergy, with readings by Cllr Nigel Manning, Cllr David Elms. and Lt Col Southwood. During the Service all of the names of the fallen were read out by Ash Parish Councillors and 3 students from Ash Manor School. The six readers then laid plain wooden crosses a round the memorial. A lone bugler, Rob Funnell, played the Last Post and Reveille.

Following the Serviced the gathered paraded back to the Ash Centre, where due to the inclement waether, the parade dismissal was held inside the Ash Centre. Cllr Manning thanked everyone for attending especially in light of the weather.

Tea and coffee were then served in the Ash Centre by members of Churches Together.

For a complete list of the fallen click Roll of Honour.