We travelled down to the Somme area in France in early July to lay Brimington’s centennial wreaths at Thiepval & Pozieres memorials. We also stopped off at Loos Memorial near Lens on the way there.
On Sunday the 10th August, it was our pleasure to attend the joint commemoration service at Hall Road Methodist Church Brimington which involved most of the churches and chapels in the village.
The service was planned and shared by Rev Daniel Cooke from St Michaels Parish church and Rev Richard Harris, who managed to keep the mood upbeat and hopeful, despite the reverence of the occasion.
We had managed to locate a number of relatives of the Brimington soldiers, and they were invited to attend too. It made for a poignant and personal occasion, despite the distance of 100 years.
Amongst the guests - we were fortunate and honoured to welcome Mrs Grace Stott. At 96 years old she is the sister-in-law of Brimington’s youngest soldier to die – Private Horace Stott. Grace is a remarkable lady - fiercely independent with an incredible memory of the past and present and a lovely sense of humour and it’s our privilege to know her.
We were sorry that Hazel Greaves – daughter of Brimington’s VC winner Fred Greaves - could not attend the service. We understand that she was taken ill at the end of July. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hazel for a speedy recovery.
Before we left for the 2014 Armistice commemorations in Ypres, Belgium, we hung our ‘Brimington Remembers’ wreath on the Memorial gates ready for Remembrance Sunday in the village
Crosses were laid in Brimington Cemetery at the graves of each of the 8 WW1 soldiers who are buried there and remembered on the Memorial Gates. And as we usually do, we've also left a cross on the grave of Gunner Fred W Nadin who finally succumbed to his wounds 20th March 1921 aged 22, - his name unlike his brother Edgar is not inscribed on Brimington Memorial Gates .
On the 11th day of the 11th month 2014 – just as we have for the last 10 years - we laid wreaths at the Menin Gate- Ypres, Tyne Cot- Passchendaele & Ploegsteert Memorial on behalf of Brimington .
And placed 'Brimington Remembers' crosses at the graves of our village men who ...... '..still lie in Flanders Fields'
Not Forgotten Brimington Not Forgotten Brimington