Crosses laid to commemorate three Arlesey men who died fighting in First World War

The volunteers placing the crosses credit: chrisgravett.com

The volunteers placing the crosses credit: chrisgravett.com - Credit: Archant

Crosses have been laid to commemorate three Arlesey men who died fighting in the First World War at a last post ceremony in Belgium on Monday.

Kerry Hazelwood and Richard Waterhouse and Duncan Wang placed the crosses at the Menin Gate credit:

Kerry Hazelwood and Richard Waterhouse and Duncan Wang placed the crosses at the Menin Gate credit: chrisgravett.com - Credit: Archant

Kerry Hazelwood, Richard Waterhouse and Duncan Wang, all members of the Arlesey Remembers You project, placed crosses at the Menin Gate memorial in Ypres, which is dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the area and whose graves are unknown.

The crosses remembered A Crawley, E Dear and F North, who are all commemorated on the memorial.

The project, set up by Mr Wang, aims to lay a cross in memory of each of the 87 Arlesey men who died in the Great War by Remembrance Sunday in November and has seen volunteers go as far as Israel.

Mr Wang said: “It was a very special occasion. We had 17 people from Arlesey who came with us, and the Commander in Chief of the British Army was also there separately to lay down a wreath. Because we were standing there for some time it gave us time to reflect which was quite sobering really. We were all privileged to be there.


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“The project is going very well, but I have certainly been surprised with our success. We have had an amazing response from the community and everyone I have spoken to has said what a wonderful project it is.”

For more information search for Arlesey Remembers You on Facebook or visit www.arleseyremembersyou.org.uk.

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