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War memorial to be re-dedicated

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

  • RE-DEDICATION . . . Uttoxeter's war memorial

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SOLDIERS from Uttoxeter who have died fighting for their country will be honoured when the town's war memorial is re-dedicated for the first time since 1922.

The Market Place memorial was dedicated to commemorate the sacrifice of veterans who lost their lives in the First World War.

But no official dedication service has yet taken place for those who have died in battle since.

So, on August 3, a military-style parade will take onlookers from the Maltings car park to Market Place, where the dedication service will take place.

Hugh Montgomery, a town councillor who fought for his country in Cyprus and Malaya, said it was fitting his fellow veterans were to be honoured.

He said: "Since the First World War, armed forces personnel from Uttoxeter have died in many, many conflicts.

"The town's old war memorial is still in the lady chapel at St Mary's Church and we'll be re-dedicating that one too.

"It's not been done up to this point but now we're in the anniversary year of the First World War I thought it was about time.

"We're remembering the sacrifice the armed forces made in World War One and since to keep this country free.

"It's vital that we keep their memory alive, but it's a shame that we still don't have peace today.

"I'm appalled that politicians around the world haven't been able to get together and sort out their differences.

"And the United Nations has proved to be about as useless as the League of Nations.

"It's almost as if we've learnt nothing from history.

"They called the First World War the 'war to end all wars', but that's now proved to be quite a ridiculous concept.

"And, in light of the conflicts still going on today, it's all the more important we continue to show our appreciation for the sacrifices our soldiers have made and continue to make."

A start time for the event has not yet been established but will be announced in the coming week.

Canine Staffordshire Regiment mascot Watchman V will be given the freedom on the town on Remembrance Day.

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