War Memorial for Bradfield Combust
BRADFIELD COMBUST NEW MEMORIAL UNVEILING – SATURDAY 2nd AUGUST
With the Royal British Legion, RAF Association and Suffolk Regiment Old Comrades Association presenting Standards, the Bradfield Combust new war memorial unveiling ceremony on 2nd August was a moving occasion for all who attended.
Following a short service and prayers by Revd. Jayne Buckles and Revd. John Boardman, a Roll of Honour call was followed by the laying of the village wreath by Mrs Betty Middleditch and the laying of 5 further wreaths by relatives of 5 of the 8 men being remembered. Relatives came from local villages and as far afield as Newmarket, London and even Oman.
A bugler played both the ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ to mark the 2 minutes silence and 15 year Imogen Carter de Jong recited the poem ‘Never Again’. The ceremony was covered by BBC Look East and featured on the BBC news the same evening.
At the Reception that followed, the Mayor of St Edmundsbury gave an address congratulating our small community and he presented the village with a scroll commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Gathering of the Barons in the Abbey Church of Bury St Edmunds to petition King John; this Gathering was the basis of the Magna Carta signed in June 1215 at Runnymede and hence the foundation of British democracy.
With over 600 raffle tickets sold in The Manger, the 97 year old niece of WW1 Private Gault was invited to draw the winning ticket and the lucky winner of the WW1 print was the nephew of the two WW2 RAF brothers!
Finally, a wholehearted thanks to all who have supported the fundraising efforts; it was such a success that we were able to present the Royal British Legion with a final cheque for £1852.87 – congratulations everyone!
For a pictorial link for the unveiling of the WW1 Memorial please follow this link to see photographs in the website's Gallery.