Large numbers at Stansted Mountfitchet and Great Bardfield memorial services

PUBLISHED: 08:45 19 November 2018

The reverand Dr Robert Beaken led the outdoor memorial service in Great Bardfield. Picture: W.P Edwards

The reverand Dr Robert Beaken led the outdoor memorial service in Great Bardfield. Picture: W.P Edwards

© 2018 W. P. Edwards

Congregation members at Stansted Mountfitchet’s packed memorial service in St John’s Church stood amongst silhouettes of Tommys.

About 250 people attended the church service on Remembrance Sunday, standing “shoulder to shoulder” according to Trevor Lloyd, assistant to the Stansted Mountfitchet parish clerk.

A similar number of residents attended a service at the town’s war memorial, with families laying wreaths on behalf of relatives and former servicemen and soldiers from Carver Barracks attending.

Over at Great Bardfield, they had the best attended outdoor service yet, according to resident Will Edwards.

Mr Edwards, 67, whose great uncle was a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery, said: “The service was good and the weather was kind to us. It was the best attended service we have had. There was so much more publicity this year... just about everybody lost somebody in the war.”

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