Tribute to war dead of the Vale

Sun 04 Nov 2018

Picture specially taken for the Vale website by Douzenier Martyn Torode

A moving tribute to the war dead of the Vale has been paid to the 121 men who fell in combat and who are commemorated on the parish War Memorial.

Douzeniers yesterday completed setting out crosses for those lost in the First World War, each one bearing the name of one of the fallen.

The act of remembrance follows the parish publication of a special booklet (pictured below) providing details of the individuals whose sacrifice is marked on the parish War Memorial.

Senior Constable Richard Leale said: 'It is only right and proper that even after 100 years these people should not be forgotten. They paid the ultimate price by giving of their lives and we should indeed remember them, along with those whose names we do not know.'

In another tribute, wreaths of poppies marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice have been placed on the parish War Memorial at the Route des Coutures-Vale Avenue junction. The idea came from Denise Cohu, who tends the monument on behalf of the douzaine.

  • The Vale Parish Remembrance Service commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice will be held at 10.00am on Sunday 11 November at the war memorial. Anyone attending will then be invited back to the Douzaine room for tea or coffee and biscuits and invited to view a special exhibition consisting of details of all those names that appear on the memorial from the 1914 to 1918 conflict.
  • The exhibition will be open until 5.00pm and then again on the Monday and Tuesday from 9.00am until 5.00pm.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.


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