Ponteland remembers a Century of Wars

Hundreds of Ponteland people of all ages came together on Remembrance Sunday to honour the men and women who were involved in conflicts over the last 100 years, but most especially those who never returned.

 

 

Photographs by Trevor Walker Photography         http://trevorwalker.co.uk/

 

There are 40 names on the Ponteland Memorial for the Great War and another 24 for WWII. Today, it is hard to imagine the carnage, the numbers involved, the families destroyed, the personal loss, the sheer hardship and grief.

There was a very smart turnout of the uniformed organisations and the parade was headed by Flight Lieutenant Sheedy of the 733 Newcastle Airport Squadron with the Army Cadets and 733 Squadron following.

Reverend Peter Barham led the service after the playing of the last post and the two minutes silence, assisted by Rev Tim Thorpe and Rev Joan Ross.

Deputy Lieutenant Caroline Pryer laid the first wreath on behalf of the Queen, followed by the Mayor, Carl Rawlings, on behalf of Ponteland, and then dozens of organisations active in the village laid their own wreaths.

Many of the participants in the service streamed in to see the excellent display of memorabilia in the Memorial Hall mounted by the Town Council. The crowds had to queue to see it, some moved to tears and many with their own stories.

There was a wonderful display of embroidered cards sent from the soldiers at the front and then a photo of a burly soldier in full highland dress caught my eye.

 

Joyce Rawlings explained he was her grandfather, a soldier in the Highland Light Infantry, who fought through the major battles of the Great War and survived them all. He suffered after his return from the effects of gas.

This year was and felt like a very special commemoration 1914-2014

 
 

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