DOZENS of Pershore residents turned out to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice at a special ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
Held by the Pershore and District Branch of The Royal British Legion, the Commemorative Evensong Service on Sunday (July 3) at Pershore Abbey saw the Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE and Mayor of Pershore, Coun Bob Gillmore pay tribute to those who fought in the battle.
The service was conducted by Rev Claire Lording and saw Lt Col Susan Payne, president of the Pershore and District RBL and Maggie Brown, the vice-chairman of the Pershore and District Women’s Section.
The exhortation and Kohima Epitaph was delivered by Simon Dudfield, chairman of the Pershore and District Branch of the Royal British Legion.
The Royal British Legion Branch Standards of Pershore, Beckford and Ashton under Hill, Pershore Women’s and Redditch Women’s Sections and Pershore and District Branch of the Royal Naval Association were then paraded.
Pershore Second World War veteran Harold Wilson, who was recently presented with the prestigious Legion d’honneur in recognition of his services in France, was also at the ceremony and laid wreaths at the War Memorial in the Abbey.
The 1916 First World War battle was one of the bloodiest battles in human history.
Pershore’s commemoration was one of thousands that took place across the country by the nation’s biggest armed forces charity, which provides care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces and their families.
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