Eastleigh pays tribute to the fallen

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Veteran Derek France pays his respects

The centre of Eastleigh came to a standstill yesterday as the community gathered together at the town’s ‘Angel of Mons’ war memorial to remember the fallen.

One of the largest crowds for years assembled on the recreation ground to watch the ceremony Led by His Worship, The Mayor of Eastleigh Wayne Irish and his chaplain Father Stephen Holmes.

Representatives from all political parties, the military, ex serviceman’s associations, emergency services and the cadet forces stood together with townsfolk for the annual collective act of remembrance and wreath laying  in the pale winter sunshine.

Among the dignitaries attending were the Deputy Lieutenant for Hampshire the Honourable Mrs Virginia Lovell JP, the Right Honourable Chris Huhne MP Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and representatives from Eastleigh’s twinned towns – Councillor Marc Thiberville from Villeneuve St Georges Herr Sven Koch planning officer for Kornwestheim.

The Council was represented by Chief executive Bernie Topham. Members of Eastleigh Local Are Committee led by Chairman Councillor Chris Thomas also attended.

After the service the parade led by Norman Brown MBE marched past the Old Town Hall where the Mayor and the Deputy Lieutenant took the salute from the ex-servicemen of the Royal British Legion, Polish Ex Combatants Association and Gurkha Brigade association


The cadet forces were represented by Eastleigh 11 Platoon, Army Cadet Force and 1216 Squadron (Eastleigh) Air Training Corps.

Also marching were members of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance service and Eastleigh’s Scout and Guide organisations.

An established part of Eastleigh’s poppy day commemorations is the participation of members of Paul Capper Funeral Directors who annually parade their magnificent horses as a tribute to the animals that also suffered in wartime.

The Last Post and Reveille were sounded by a bugler from Romsey Old Cadets Association.

Meanwhile Deputy Mayor Rupert Kyrle was in Eastleigh’s twin town Kornwestheim taking part in a similar service while Cllr Jane Welsh, Pamela Holden-Brown and John Caldwell led services in Hedge End, Netley Abbey and Chandlers Ford respectively.

Photos: Stephen Slominski

  3 comments for “Eastleigh pays tribute to the fallen

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Last year the Mayor of Villeneuve St George Sylvie Altman couldn’t make it due to civil unrest.

  2. Brian Norgate
    November 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

    The service was so well attended that it brought credit to those who attended. Chris Gilkes The Labour wreath layer has a fine military back ground.

    Peter Luffman and i on behalf of the labour group attended the afternoon Remembrance service at the Royal Victoria park which was also well attended with over 120 people present.

    The Remembrance Service at the Royal Victoria Country park is the only was grave cemetry in Hampshire we know of including the Aldershot
    cemetry which isnt a war grave cemetry but is used for the fallen.

    The first woman killed during the first world war is buried there, but for many years there has been another service there in the afternoon
    which all the Army, Navy and Air Cadets attended which keith House cancelled.

    This ceromony was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire and 1,000 cadets paraded past the Queens representative.

    Peter Luffman and I asked at full council for the Service to be re-instated and it was, with so many attending these services now is the time to re-instate the Army, Navy and Air cadet service.

  3. Peter Stewart
    November 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Would they have been so keen to die for Britain had they known that their war against Hitler’s European Union would all be in vain when 27 years later, in 1972, treacherous Tory leaders would capitulate in PEACE TIME and hand over the governance of our great country to politicians from the very country we had been fighting? Why are people afraid to speak this truth?

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