Monday, 24 April 2017

New memorial unveiled at service

MEMORIAL services marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War will be held in and around Henley this weekend.

The conflict started on August 4, 1914 and had claimed the lives of almost one million British soldiers by the time it ended on November 11, 1918.

On Sunday an open-air “drum-head” service will be held in Henley market place where a plaque commemorating the town’s “forgotten” soldiers will be unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Tim Stevenson.

The service, so called because soldiers in the trenches would create a makeshift altar by draping the Union flag over drums, will start at 3pm.

It will be led by Rev Duncan Carter, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, and will feature standard bearers from 10 Royal British Legion branches.

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