Gallery: Bourne war memorial dedication ceremony

A service Dedicating Stones of remembrance at the Bourne Memorial Gardens by local schoolchildren. EMN-140921-204732009
A service Dedicating Stones of remembrance at the Bourne Memorial Gardens by local schoolchildren. EMN-140921-204732009
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The ultimate sacrifice made by soldiers, sailors and airmen from Bourne in the two world wars and later conflicts was commemorated at a sombre service in the town.

A flypast by two spitfires heralded the service in the Memorial Gardens on Sunday.

It was attended by serving and former personnel from the Army, Royal Navy and Air Force as well as hundreds of civilians.

This year marks the centenary of the start of the Great War. And the service, on Sunday was a dedication of new The Veterans’ Walk where 22 memorial stones have been laid, each representing the regiments that the 43 men from Bourne fought with and died in the First World War.

Many more men died in the conflict, and research is being done to find the names of the others which will be added on to the plaques.

Each stone also had a cross installed behind it and wreaths were laid on them by primary school pupils from Bourne Abbey and Bourne Westfield schools during the service, conducted by Father Chris Atkinson of Bourne Abbey Church.

John Kirkman, trustee of Bourne United Charities, which organised the dedication service, led the parade of standards from Red Hall to the Memorial Gardens. He told those assembled that the service was to ensure no one ever forgets that the men and women who laid their lives down for their country made the ultimate sacrifice.

Trevor Hollingshead, fellow trustee, said: “The Veterans Walk, in remembrance of all those who died in the two world wars and other conflicts, is something that Bourne can justifiably be proud of.”