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SIDMOUTH: Tributes are paid to town’s war heroes

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Sidmouth took its place alongside thousands of communities up and down the country last week, in honouring those who lost their lives during the First World War. Special services were held to mark Britain’s entry into the war, exactly a century after German troops moved into Belgium. And a commemorative service held by the Royal British Legion marked Sidmouth’s tributes to its fallen heroes. Legion members, along with civic leaders and town residents gathered at the war memorial in the grounds of Sidmouth Parish Church to pay their respects. Branch president Kim Smith laid a commemorative wreath on the memorial, before prayers were said. The poem ‘1914’ by Wilfred Owen was also read during the service, followed by a bible extract. Later in the evening, Sidmouth residents joined with communities across the country in turning out all lights between 10pm and 11pm, marking a uniquely poignant moment in history. Candles were lit in recognition of the then Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey’s famous declaration: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” The commemorations concluded a weekend of remembrance services that took place in the town and the surrounding area, with communities large and small gathering to honour those who gave their lives during the conflict a century ago.

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