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HONITON:Town to honour its war heroes with civic service

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Honiton will play its part in commemorating the start of World War I with a civic service to be held in the town, it was confirmed this week. Residents will join with communities up and down the country in marking the centenary anniversary of the war, in a show of respect to those who lost their lives at home and overseas. The special service will take place at St Paul’s Church on the afternoon of Sunday, August 17th, and Honiton’s Mayor Peter Halse has urged the community to join councillors and ex-servicemen in tribute to the fallen. Councillor Halse said: “The First World War was an absolutely terrible conflict with appalling carnage on the front lines. “It is so important we commemorate all those people who bravely gave their lives for our freedom.” He added: “It was not just men who lost their lives in battle, but women too – and Honiton lost a large number of its citizens to the conflict. “There were 12 who died in the tiny village of Broadhembury alone and that happened all over the country. “It would have been wrong to let the year pass without some commemorative event and a church service will be the right way to honour those who left Honiton and never returned.” Services will be taking place across the country to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of war. Details of the St Paul’s service are yet to be confirmed but Councillor Halse said it would be “general” and appropriate for any members of the community who wish to pay their respects to attend. A unique exhibition will also be opening at Honiton Library this week, documenting one man’s experience of the conflict. Community historian Tony Simpson will be displaying a series of trench letters to tell the story of his grandfather - ‘Sapper’ James Morris - a Royal Engineer killed in Flanders during the war. Ahead of the exhibition opening, Mr Simpson said: “Much of the commemoration of the First World War naturally focuses on those who fought, and especially those who died - I wanted to show the impact on wives and families who also paid the supreme sacrifice for many years after the war.” A civic service will be held at St Paul’s Church on Sunday August 17th, starting at 3pm, and the ‘Documents of a Great War Soldier’ exhibition will open at Honiton Library on July 26th.

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