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Sacrifice remembered with new trees sign

Rededication of trees remembering war heroes from Frecheville.  Rev Michael Gillingham (centre) and Rev Stephen Pratt (right) jointly conducted the service. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Rededication of trees remembering war heroes from Frecheville. Rev Michael Gillingham (centre) and Rev Stephen Pratt (right) jointly conducted the service. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

The sacrifices made by 19 soldiers who died serving their country have been highlighted for a new generation.

An interpretation plaque now explains why 19 trees on Heathfield Road, Frecheville, were planted – to honour local servicemen who lost their lives during World War Two.

The plaque was unveiled at the weekend in a moving ceremony, involving local children and cadets, to rededicate the trees and raise awareness.

War veteran Bill Carline lifted a British flag to reveal the memorial and is also running a fundraising campaign to build a new memorial in the nearby area.

The 92-year-old former RAF corporal, of Birley Moor Road, Frecheville, said: “It went very well and we had a lot of people who came along to watch, including cadets, and standard bearers and pipers.

“After the board was opened 19 children from Birley Community College placed crosses on the trees to remember the men.”

Birley councillors allocated £2,000 to fund the interpretation board and its maintenance in future.

Coun Bryan Lodge said there are also plans to replace three trees in future.

He added: “There’s a whole generation that’s grown up without any knowledge of the significance of the trees and now is an appropriate time to redress this with the anniversary of WWI, and as next year it will be 70 years since the end of WWII.

“The event mushroomed out of all proportion, it was amazing to see so many people turn up.”

 

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