Bourne memorial stones will honour those who fought for Britain

There will be 22 similar memorial stones at the Memorial Gardens in Bourne EMN-141109-144033001

There will be 22 similar memorial stones at the Memorial Gardens in Bourne EMN-141109-144033001

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The men from Bourne who died in the First World War will be remembered at a ceremony at the town’s Memorial Gardens.

A service will be held on Sunday as the country marks the centenary of the Great War.

At the service 22 memorial stones - 20 for the different regiments the men fought with, one representing the Royal British Legion and one in recognition of the sacrifices of civilians - will be dedicated to the memory of those who died and those who fought in the First World War.

Trevor Holmes is chairman of Bourne United Charities Trust, which is organising the event.

He said: “The memorials are intended to mark the significant contributions made by our servicemen and women and our local community not only during the First World War but also the Second World War and the many conflicts since. The Trustees believe that the Memorials will be a suitable, further, commemoration of the sacrifices made”.

The ceremony will start with a parade of Standards, including the British Legion, and a number of Regiments as well as representatives from organisations in Bourne. This will leave Red Hall in South Street at 3.30pm.

The Dedication Service starts at 4pm.

Following the Last Post and Reveille, the Standards will be carried onto the steps of the War Memorial were the service will be conducted by Father Chris Atkinson and other clergy.

It will include the laying of wreaths onto the 22 crosses situated behind each memorial stone. The wreaths, which bear the same Regimental Crest as those on the stone, will be laid by school children.

John Kirkman, a trustee of Bourne United Charities said: “We would like to invite the public to support this important event commemorating the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in both World Wars and conflicts thereafter.”