A COUNTY assocation which remembers the brave sacrifices made by soldiers in conflicts around the world held it’s first outing in Pershore.
Pershore Abbey and members of the town’s Royal District Naval Association welcomed guests from the Remember The Fallen Association last weekend.
Dr Judy Dale, the Abbey’s church warden, was on hand to provide information and the group were also shown memorabilia about the war memorial.
Among the items on show was the history of Pershore’s War Memorials carried out by the late Marshall Wilson which can be purchased from the Abbey.
Remember the Fallen website founder Sandra Taylor, who has spent over 15 years researching local war memorials and painstakingly documenting all the history of the men and women who died during both world wars, was among the guests.
After appearing to complete the recording and transcribing of war memorials in Worcester and the surrounding area, Sandra decided that the names she had recorded deserved to be researched in order to ‘bring to life’ those commemorated.
This has resulted in a wealth of information and memorabilia that is now freely available to the public via the internet due to generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
As well as all this, Sandra has been heavily involved in the restoration and rededication of many memorials around the county including the local one at Bishampton 12 months ago.
Members of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association Worcester Branch were also part of the visit and escorted by Royal Naval Association secretary Trudy Burge
“I found Remember the Fallen from Pershore Abbey’s website six months ago and I count meeting Sandra Taylor as one of my blessings because she has been of such enormous support to me.” Trudy said.
“When she told me that she was thinking of having her first outing in Pershore, I was absolutely thrilled and immediately took her on a tour of the town to show her all the military connections we have.
“I am deeply indebted to Dr Judy Dale for providing such a warm welcome from Pershore Abbey to our guests and also to Pershore Heritage Centre who offered the same.
“There is an abundance of history to our small town which we should be very proud of and it’s wonderful when people uncover it for the rest of us to share.” she added.
Following the visit, the group went on to Pershore Heritage Centre and also met with Derek and Suzanne Farmer whose brother, the late Malcolm Farmer, spent more than 30 years researching local men during the First World War.
Visit www.rememberthefallen.co.uk or e-mail at [email protected] or write to Remember the Fallen, 3 Hunt Avenue, Worcester, WR4 0QW for more information on the association.
Pershore RNA’s Centenary Commemorative book on Pershore Men during the Great War will shortly be available for purchase with all profit going to the town’s Poppy Appeal.