Ceremony inspired by Tower poppies

Wor,lington poppies ANL-150303-150331001
Wor,lington poppies ANL-150303-150331001

Young residents of Worlington took part in a special service inspired by the poppies at the Tower of London, to honour the twelve men from the village who gave their lives during the First World War.

As part of the commemoration Worlington parish council commissioned 12 steel poppies which are now on permanent display at the war memorial.

At the service held last month, each of the poppies was dedicated to the men who lost their lives.

To help pay for the special commemoration, the council received a £250 grant from district councillor Tim Huggan, as part of a First World War initiative to building relationships in the community, across generations.

Parish councillor Gill Jones, one of the event organisers said: “The older children read out the names and details of each of the men lost and after each reading one of the younger children untied a red ribbon and took off the black cover to reveal a poppy. The whole idea was to bring each young life lost into focus by reading a little information about them.”

The 12 men whose sacrifice was honoured were: Gunner David Barrett, Private Herbert Blissett, Sgt James Butcher, Driver Herbert Cole,Sapper William Grinling, Company Sgt Major William Heffer,2nd Lt Douglas Howell, Private Frank Phillips, Private Robert Phillips, Private Arthur Pooley, Private Bert Pooley and Private John Pooley. The names of Flt Sgt Peter Deaves and Private Bruce Laws, who lost their lives in the Second World War, were also read out with a wooden cross placed at the foot of the memorial. The dedication was conducted by church elder and local artist Heath Rosselli, trumpeter Naomi Wrycroft played The Last Post and Jack Barry read the poem In Flanders Field.