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We will remember them

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

  • The Cadet Force marches in Stonehouse.

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YOUNG and old alike bowed their heads in silent Remembrance Day tribute to The Fallen who had paid the ultimate sacrifice in war.

There were strong turnouts of youth organisations at parades and services across the Five Valleys and Severn Vale as standards were lowered on Armistice Day, which this year fell on a Sunday.

At the 11th minute of the 11th hour on the 11th day, a hush fell in churches, around village war memorials and at Stroud's main service in Park Gardens.

Former Army helicopter pilot and Stroud town councillor Kevin Cranston said there was good attendance at the worship beside Stroud Cenotaph.

Whether or not people agreed with war they supported the bravery of British soldiers, he said.

"People are beginning to make the distinction between the person and the conflict, whether they think it's justified or not.

"They recognise that our troops are out there doing their best.

"There were quite a few younger faces in among the ex-servicemen too."

Civic dignitaries including Stroud MP Neil Carmichael joined Royal British Legion representatives and Army, Naval and Air cadets at Park Gardens.

The memorial gardens in Slad Road was given to the town by Sidney Park, whose soldier son Herbert died in a training accident in 1917.

In Stonehouse, there was the traditional big parade along the High Street to the War Memorial on Sunday.

Civic leaders, service, community and youth groups assembled in Regent Street for the procession led by the band of the Stroud Air Training Corps.

Major Peter Rawl, chairman of the Stonehouse Branch of the Royal British Legion, said he was particularly pleased so many young people turned out.

"It was very encouraging and we feel that is the secret of future success, all the various youth groups taking part," he said.

Organisations from the Women's Royal Voluntary Service to Rotary and Stroud District Council were also represented at Memorial Green.

Children were involved in remembrance in Whiteshill and Nailsworth, like in so many other communities, when youth organisations including the Beavers, Cubs, Brownies, Guides and Scouts attended.

Oldest Whiteshill resident Eric Papps, 90, was at his village's service. He volunteered for the Glosters at the start of the Second World War.

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