Eastleigh marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland with a short but moving ceremony at the town’s War Memorial today.
The Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Des Scott first attended a service led by the Eastleigh, Chandler’s Ford and District Branch of the Royal British Legion at Holy Cross church and conducted by the Mayor’s chaplain, the Reverend Monsignor Father John Nelson.
Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Des Scott said, in a statement:
“I am honoured to attend this service and support the Royal British Legion in commemorating all those that died in these two significant First World War battles.”
Norman Brown, President of the Eastleigh, Chandler’s Ford and District RBL said:
”On behalf of the people of Eastleigh, I am proud to remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland.”
Afterwards the congregation which included local councillors, members of the emergency services and school children, walked from the church to the War Memorial on Leigh Road Recreation Ground where the Royal British Legion’s chaplain the Right Reverend Richard Palmer said a prayer.
Both Eastleigh’s current MP Mims Davies and her predecessor Mike Thornton were also in attendance.
The Mayor and Norman Brown will laid a joint wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion and the people of the borough.
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mrs Joan Ferrer, JP DL laid a wreath on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant, Nigel Atkinson.