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Moving WWI roll call at Leighton memorial service

MPLO WWI centenary service in Leighton Buzzard, August 4, 2014

MPLO WWI centenary service in Leighton Buzzard, August 4, 2014

More than 80 people gathered at Leighton’s war memorial in Church Square this morning for a simple but moving ceremony to honour the town’s fallen.

Many were surprised by the sheer numbers of those who had made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.

All Saints Church curate, the Rev Dr Chrichton Limbert, who led the service, said: “It took more than 10 minutes to read out all 177, many of them still familiar family names in the area.
“I felt it was very important that we as a town commemorated them – and it seemed to strike a chord with those who attended.

“They agreed that even though the centenary was being marked nationally, it was right that we should also do something locally, for our own men.”

The service was followed by a requiem mass for all those who lost their lives or whose lives were affected by the events of World War One.

The day’s events will be rounded off by another ceremony at the war memorial at 10pm.

This is organised by the Royal British Legion to mark the time that the ‘lights went out’ across Europe.

 

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