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Lest we forget: Uttoxeter war memorial is rededication to mark start of World War One

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

  • Uttoxeter War memorial being rededicated/Parade

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CROWDS gathered in Uttoxeter to pay their respects to the soldiers who have fought and died for their country in war.

To mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, the town's war memorial was rededicated for the first time since 1922.

Before the rededication of the war memorial and the old memorial in the chapel of St Mary's, a march set off from The Maltings to Bradley Street, High Street and to the Market Place with the Royal British Legion (RBL), Royal Naval Association, the Staffordshire Regiment Association, town mayor and deputy Karen Haberfield and Andrew Riley with Uttoxeter Town Councillors, Sea and Army Cadets and St John Ambulance.

Uttoxeter Town Band sounded reveille and the last post.

The name of Barry Buxton, who was killed in Afghanistan, was also added in time for the ceremony.

A service was conducted by Reverend Ted Whittaker, with Councillor Haberfield and Phil Hudson, chairman of the Uttoxeter branch of the RBL, laying the wreath.

The ceremony was followed by a service and readings at St Mary's Church.

Mr Hudson said: "It was well attended for the time of year and we had various things happening. It was nice to see the cadets march around the memorial and I think that is something we may adapt for the Remembrance Service as it is lovely to see young people get involved.

"The town band also did a brilliant job and it really helped the ceremony."

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