Workington Memorial Service - A Civic Procession (5th Battal

Workington Memorial Service - A Civic Procession (5th Battal

Postby kerchi » Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:26 pm

West Cumberland News, 21st November 1931

A Civic Procession

Remembrance Sunday was observed at Workington on Sunday, when a parade of some 2,000 strong on Sunday afternoon was one of the largest seen for some years.

In the afternoon the various organizations, which had assembled at their meeting places in town, marched in a procession through the park gates. At the head was Seaton Band, followed by the 204th Field Battery, Royal Artillery, under 2nd Lieut. DAVENPORT; and the 5th Border Regiment, under Captain JEFFEREY. The Mayor and Mayoress (Councillor F. W. and Mrs. IREDALE) attended, in civic regalia, and also the Aldermen, Councillors and Corporation officials and members.

The Town Band was also in attendance, the ex-Servicemen and the British Legion. Among the other bodies represented were the Scouters, Rangers, Boy Scouts and Clubs, the Girl Guides and Brownies, the Boys Brigade, the Police, and the Fire Brigade.

The urn, symbolizing the ashes of the fallen, was swathed in the Union Jack, and many wreaths were laid at the foot of the Cenotaph before the commencement of the service.

The hymn, “O God, our help in ages past,” was sung. There was a reverent silence as the Mayor laid his wreath on the Memorial, to be followed by those from those public bodies. The Rev. J. R. CROFT, M. A., Vicar of St. John’s Church, conducted the service and offered prayers for the fallen. Then the buglers sounded the “Last Post” and the “Reveille.” The buglers were Bombardier WILLIAMS and Lance Bombardier T. BELLAS.

After the singing of “Abide with Me,” and the National Anthem, the gathering dispersed.

Source: Cumberland and Westmorland Newspaper Transcriptions
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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