Guards’ Cemetery, Lesboeufs on the Somme - April 2019
On 16th April 2019 we were honoured to attend a rededication burial and service for an unknown WW1 soldier.
His remains had been recovered in 2018 near Ginchy on the Somme but despite extensive research by the CWGC it was not possible to identify the soldier or his regiment.
He was afforded a military funeral attended by British Defence Staff, local dignitaries, CWGC staff, and with us and a few other members of the public standing in respectful silence.
His union - flag draped coffin was carried to the graveside by soldiers from the 4th Bn The Mercian Regiment, who performed the sad task with respect and dignity for their fallen comrade.
The deferential service was conducted by the battalion Chaplain and close by the headstone, stood ready to be put in place and bore
the inscription ‘Soldier of the Great War, Known unto God’
As the coffin was finally lowered into the grave, it was for us a poignant reminder that many of our Brimington men were lost and never found in the surrounding fields. And maybe – just maybe this unknown soldier might have been one of our missing men.
CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION
We have recently been recognised by the ‘Big Ideas’ organisation - not only for our decades of
research into Brimington’s part in the first world war but also for bringing the village community together to make.....
‘ an outstanding contribution to the Remembrance of all those who served in the first world war..'
The certificate of recognition
During 2017/18 The ‘Big Ideas’ project ran a campaign to help raise awareness of the centenary of the end of the great war - in
November 2018 – we were invited to contribute throughout the year.
Our research on Brimington’s women roles in the war won special praise. And our formation of the ‘Brimington Remembers’ group which successfully organised 2 village events during 2018 and brought the community together helped towards the final judging.
If you have any further information about Brimington’s soldiers or need help from us or would like to leave feedback please see contact us page for details
WE ARE REMEMBERING
Burial service for an unknown soldier
Guards’ Cemetery, Lesboeufs on the Somme
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