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First World War heroes get special recognition at Pakefield ceremony

PUBLISHED: 11:15 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:42 15 November 2017

John Turley laid a wreath on behalf of the group at a special ceremony in Pakefield on Armistice Day. Picture: Mick Howes

John Turley laid a wreath on behalf of the group at a special ceremony in Pakefield on Armistice Day. Picture: Mick Howes

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A group of locals held a special ceremony to salute the Pakefield men who died during the First World War.

Dr John Greenacre read out the names, ages and addresses of the personnel on the memorial. Picture: Mick HowesDr John Greenacre read out the names, ages and addresses of the personnel on the memorial. Picture: Mick Howes

Back in May, a group of regulars at The Oddfellows pub on Nightingale Road, Pakefield, travelled to France and Belgium to seek out the sites where the men are honoured.

Led by Dr John Greenacre, an ex-major in the Army Air Corps, the group visited cemeteries where the soldiers are buried or have their names commemorated.

Bugler David Brooks sounded the last post before two minutes’ silence was observed. Picture: Mick HowesBugler David Brooks sounded the last post before two minutes’ silence was observed. Picture: Mick Howes

John Turley, who served in the Royal Military Police, said: “We spent four days touring the cemeteries, searching out the names of Pakefield men who didn’t return from war.

“On our return we wanted to host our own commemoration and decided to hold a ceremony on Armistice Day to remember them.”

A group of locals travelled to France and Belgium back in May to seek out the sites where the men are honoured. Picture: Mick HowesA group of locals travelled to France and Belgium back in May to seek out the sites where the men are honoured. Picture: Mick Howes

Mr Greenacre read out the names and ages of the personnel on the memorial, before bugler David Brooks sounded the last post and two minutes’ silence was observed. A wreath was also laid by the group.

There was a special ceremony in Pakefield on Armistice Day. Picture: Mick HowesThere was a special ceremony in Pakefield on Armistice Day. Picture: Mick Howes


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