23rd Oct, 2018

Stunning Church Hill memorial service marks 100th anniversary since death of local WW1 soldier

Ross Crawford 10th Oct, 2018

A STUNNING legacy for the people of Church Hill was unveiled on Saturday as local people gathered to honour the 100th anniversary of the death of the last named local man who died in the First world War.

Organised by Church Hill Big Local it took place on Bomford Hill and remembered from the parish of Beoley, where the Church Hill of today stands.

The legacy features a peace garden flanked by stone benches and a toposcope featuring the points of the compass and emblazoned with a poppy to remember those who died in the Great War.

The dedication ceremony was performed by the vicar of St Leonard’s Church in Beoley the Revd Paul Irving.

“It went really well, despite the bad weather and there was a good turn out of local people,” said Chris Thomas from Church Hill Big Local.

“As well as the civic leaders there were members of the Royal British Legion, soldiers from the 37th Signals Regiment, Church Hill Scouts, Solihull Sea Cadets, and relatives of some of the men who died in the war.”

Local Councillor Bill Hartnett said: “Along with fellow Church Hill ward councillors Pat Witherspoon and Mike Rouse I attended the dedication of the memorial marking the 100 years since the First World War ended.

“It was a wet morning but the that did not dampen the spirits of the local community and I am sure everyone who attended was moved by the service which ended with us all singing Jerusalem and the national anthem.”

Coun Mike Rouse, whose portfolio covers parks and open spaces said: “We have amazing open spaces in Redditch, and this spot in Church Hill is especially beautiful.

“The memorial placed here shows just how proud and humbled Church Hill residents are about the service and sacrifice given in war by people from the area. I encourage people to visit and see it for themselves.”

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