This weekend is the 74th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and 101st anniversary of the ending of the First. Although it is now so long ago – and there are very few left who were actually there – it is still so important to remember them and the cost involved to so many families and loved ones. There is a view that you only really die when your name is mentioned for the last time. ‘We Will Remember Them’.
Felixstowe Town Council, the Felixstowe branch of the Royal British Legion and local clergy have jointly arrange Remembrance Services for the town to mark the occasions.
The RBL Festival of Remembrance is on Saturday 9th November at 7.30pm at St John’s Church, Orwell Road. Tickets are £10 pp. Please contact Dawn Kemp Tel: 272570
Remembrance Day is on Sunday 10th November 2019 and the following events will be held:
Civic Remembrance Service 9.45am, St John’s Church
Civic Act of Remembrance 10.45am, War Memorial
Remembrance service at the war graves, Felixstowe Cemetery 12 noon for 12.15pm start
Armistice Day is on Monday 11th November 2019 where there will be a two minute silence at Felixstowe War Memorial
Inspired by the last year’s torch roll call event to mark the Centenary of the end of WWI, Felixstowe Remembers has embarked on a new project to highlight the impact of war on local communities.
In the run-up to this year’s Remembrance commemorations, signs have gone up in 66 roads across the area to recognise the 212 residents that were killed as a result of war. All these people died during the First and Second World Wars.
Mayor of Felixstowe, Cllr Nick Barber, said: “Bringing the names of those who lost their lives to the streets where they lived is such a touching way to bring home the reality of the devastation suffered by families across our town. I hope that everyone who sees the signs takes a moment to think about the impact that this would have had, both locally and across the nation.”
Cllr Darren Aitchison, who coordinated the project and who is also Chairman of the Felixstowe Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “The reason for creating the project was primarily to remember those that died during the wars but also to inform our residents about which areas of town we lost them from. Maybe they lived in your road – or even perhaps your house. During the research I found out that a soldier who was killed shortly after D-Day lived in my current house 80 years ago.”
The first sign went up in King Street, which lost 19 of its residents to the world wars. This list includes Charles Hall, his one-day old daughter Mary and his mother in law Mary Hood who were killed at home at No.61 on 12 May 1941 during a bombing raid. Charles was a serving soldier who had returned to Felixstowe on leave for the birth of his daughter. The raid also killed 74-year-old Elizabeth Lyon who lived across the road at No.44, leaving many other homes destroyed as well.
This has been an amazing project – and very much a labour of love by Darren. Well done to him, his wife and all those that have helped him successfully conclude this project.