Services and silhouettes as villages around the district mark centenary of armistice

PUBLISHED: 08:49 15 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:57 15 November 2018

Remembrance Day parade in Thaxted. Picture: TRISTAM MAYES

Remembrance Day parade in Thaxted. Picture: TRISTAM MAYES

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Villages near Saffron Walden held services on Sunday to mark Armistice Day and the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Each of the crosses in Hempstead represent one of the named servicemen on our memorial. Alan Weedon, a Parish councillor and local historian, has produced a bio for each of the soldiers, giving their name, age, regiment, where they died, battles fought. The crosses were made by members of the parish council and the knitted crosses have been donated by a Hempstead resident, Margaret Drane. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDEach of the crosses in Hempstead represent one of the named servicemen on our memorial. Alan Weedon, a Parish councillor and local historian, has produced a bio for each of the soldiers, giving their name, age, regiment, where they died, battles fought. The crosses were made by members of the parish council and the knitted crosses have been donated by a Hempstead resident, Margaret Drane. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

In Sewards End, about 60 members of the community gathered at St James community garden to remember the fallen. There was a particular focus on the centenary of the Armistice as Tommy silhouettes were placed in the church and garden as part of the There But Not There national project.

The names of the eight men from the village who died in the First World War were read out by a young villager in the presence of serving soldiers stationed at Carver Barracks, who led the two-minute silence and laid a wreath.

A poppy field painted on the window of The Market House by Lauryn Shaw. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDA poppy field painted on the window of The Market House by Lauryn Shaw. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

In Newport, the parish council was recently made aware that a number of names were missing from the village war memorial. To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, the council decided to add these to the memorial so that all those who died were recorded together. The names were added to the war memorial last week in time for Remembrance Sunday.

At Audley End House, the sounds of a trumpet hailed the start of a special remembrance service on Sunday.

Remembrance Day parade in Thaxted. Picture: TRISTAM MAYESRemembrance Day parade in Thaxted. Picture: TRISTAM MAYES

During the Second World War, Audley End House was the base of Section 43, the Polish SOE (Special Operations Executive) where Polish soldiers were trained and parachuted back, to continue their fight, into enemy-occupied Poland.

Members of the Polish community and REVI, a community group based in Braintree, gathered by the Polish war memorial near Audley End House on Sunday to lay wreaths and pay tribute to both the Polish SOE who trained for missions at the house in Audley End and all those who sacrificed their lives fighting in all the wars.

Remembrance service in Newport. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDRemembrance service in Newport. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The memorial commemorates those who gave their lives for the freedom of this and their own country.

The year, 2018 also marks 100 years of Polish independence. Following the First World War and after spending 123 years divided amongst the three neighbouring powers, Poland regained its sovereignty on November 11, 1918.

Naming the fallen of Sewards End. Picture: GORDON RIDGEWELLNaming the fallen of Sewards End. Picture: GORDON RIDGEWELL

Monika Wodecka and Mariusz Kowalski at the Polish war memorial near Audley End House. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDMonika Wodecka and Mariusz Kowalski at the Polish war memorial near Audley End House. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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