War memorial board unveiled in Thaxted

PUBLISHED: 15:47 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:47 21 November 2017

Thaxted's first memorial board with the names of the fallen from both world wars was unveiled on November 11

Thaxted's first memorial board with the names of the fallen from both world wars was unveiled on November 11

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Though every Armistice Day since 1919, a two minute silence has been observed at Thaxted’s ancient Guildhall, this year, for the first time,

it was followed by the unveiling of a memorial board with the names of the 55 men of Thaxted killed in the Great War and the 10 who died in the Second.

In 1920, money was raised for a stone memorial next to the Guildhall but ex-servicemen wanted something more practical and of benefit to the community. According to Royal British Legion branch chairman Chris Gale, Thaxted has been “divided, frustrated and dissatisfied” on this ever since.

He said: “There are photographs of some of the First World War fallen in Thaxted church and a stone memorial to ‘all who died in the cause of freedom’ on the church tower. Now, 99 years on, the Thaxted Branch of the Royal British Legion, supported by the parish council, have united the names of all the fallen in one place.”

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