Eastleigh prepares to remember

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Eastleigh’s remembrance sunday service marking the centeneary of the Armistaice on the 11 November will feature two new additions to the town’s war memorial – two granite and marble monoliths bearing the names of Eastleigh’s “Glorious Dead” – all those who fell during the First and Second World War.

Last year Eastleigh Local Area Committee agreed to fund the new memorial stones with £35,000 of developer contributions and they now been erected by W.E Cornish of Southampton – the same company that erected the original War Memorial in 1921.

Previously the names of Eastleigh’s war dead were recorded in a Book of Remembrance that had been kept in the former Church of the Resurrection and lately in Eastleigh Museum but now they will take pride of place alongside the distinctive figure of the Angel of Victory.

This year’s Eastleigh Remembrance Service will begin with the Mayor, Councillor Bruce Tennent, along with representatives of Eastleigh’s twin towns of Villeneuve- Saint-Georges in France and Kornwestheim in Germany, in a civic procession from The Point to the memorial on Leigh Road recreation ground (they will assemble at 10.30am) before the wreath-laying ceremony and two minutes silence (at 11am).

The Eastleigh, Chandler’s Ford and District Branch of the Royal British Legion will form up along with contingents from other veterans associations, the towns cadet forces, emergency services and youth organisations, for the Remembrance Parade in the Mitchell Road service road, between Southampton Road and Market Street, at 10.15am. They will step off at 10.30am to march to the war memorial. After the service they will reform in Leigh Road for a march-past at The Point where the Deputy Lieutenant, Mrs Joan Ferrer JP DL and the Mayor will take the salute.

The Mayor, along with Eastleigh’s MP Mims Davies, will also be attending a short service at the Military Cemetery, Royal Victoria Country Park at 3pm in the afternoon whilst Past Mayor Jane Welsh will be attending the morning service at St Edwards Church, Netley Abbey and Past Mayor Cllr Des Scott will represent the Borough at the Chandler’s Ford service.

Mims Davies will also be present at the Remembrance Service held in Botley Parish Churchyard for the unveiling of a new Poppy memorial and her representatives will lay House of Commons wreathes on her behalf at nine different commemorative events across the constituency.

Councillor Paul Bicknell, Chair of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee, who approved the funding of the memorial project, said:

Although Eastleigh town centre has its own memorial, the names of the fallen had never previously been recorded on a monument. The centenary of the end of World War One presented us with an opportunity to put that right and I believe that, working with our partners in the Royal British Legion, we have created a dignified and lasting tribute.