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- First World War (1914-1918)
- Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial:
Ron Bradford instigated the idea of having a new memorial at Thorpe on the Hill.
FAMILIES of fallen war heroes are being invited back to a Lincolnshire village for a remembrance service at a new memorial.
At 10.30am on Thursday and Sunday, November 14, villagers in Thorpe on the Hill will be able to lay wreaths at a war memorial for the first time.
And the residents are looking for descendents of the men from their village who fought and died in the two world wars to join them for the service.
The search for the relatives has been led by Ron Bradford, who hit upon the idea for a memorial in 2008.
He said: "I was looking at the plaque with the nine names on and I thought it was such a shame a lot of people didn't know 36 of our lads went to war and nine didn't come back.
"It has been two years of work and it has absolutely been worth it."
Gordon Kobish clerk of the parish council, said: "The village would be privileged if, after learning about the memorial, any of the relatives of the fallen would wish to attend one of our ceremonies.
"It would make our inaugural services very special and extra meaningful."
The memorial on the village green is a new addition to the village, which previously held its services in the village hall.
Mr Kobish said: "The current situation, where servicemen and women have risked their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, formed the catalyst for village opinion that we should have a proper monument."
Grants from various sources, including Lafarge Aggregates Ltd, helped with the building of the memorial, which bears the names of the village men who fought in the wars. David Atkinson, Lafarge Aggregates senior planning and estates manager, said: "I am delighted the company, which has a long-standing relationship with the parish council, has been able to contribute to a fitting monument to villagers who gave their lives during two world wars."
If anyone recognises these names, they are welcome to attend the services.
For more information, call Thorpe on the Hill Parish Council on 01522 682618 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincolnshire Echo Friday, November 05, 2010
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