Remembering Epsom & Ewell’s war heroes @epsomewellbc
12th November 2014
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The national two minute silence at 11am on Tuesday 11 November was observed at a short Remembrance ceremony at the Clock Tower, Epsom Market Place in support of Royal British Legion. 

Prayers, readings and secular poems were read by the Mayor's Chaplain; the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Chris Frost; Chief Executive of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Frances Rutter; Royal British Legion; Burma Star Association; 135 Geographic Squadron; a cadet and students from Glyn School. 

Four school children, winners of the Borough's War Poetry competition were also invited to read out their poems during the ceremony:

- Emily (age 6) from Ewell Grove Infant School

- Euan (age 11) from Blenheim High School

- Scarlett (age 11) from Blenheim High School

- Lauren (age 14) from Rosebery School.


The Civic Party walked from the Town Hall to the Clock Tower for the short ceremony. The two minute silence was marked by the firing of a maroon at the start and end. 

The Mayor, Councillor Robert Foote attended the WW1 commemoration ceremonies in Chantilly, France (our twin town) as a guest of the Mayor of Chantilly. 

While in Chantilly, the Mayor visited the:

  • Perreuse Chateau Franco British National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the grave of Private Archibald JONES, 2nd Battalion South Lancashire Regiment who died of wounds on 7 September 1914, aged 29.
  • Memorial to the missing in La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre to lay wreaths for:
    • Private Charles MORLEY, 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, killed in action 16 September 1914, aged 26.
    • Private Philip MORLEY, 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, killed in action 19 September 1914, aged 29.

All three soldiers were residents of Epsom.


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