Castleford’s fallen soldiers have been remembered a decade on from their deaths. Rifleman James Backhouse, 18, and Bombardier Craig Hopson, 24, were killed in Afghanistan in separate incidents, less than a month apart. This weekend, ten years on, the two soldiers have been remembered. The anniversary was marked with a memorial bike ride, which visited the war memorials in each of the Five Towns, and a service outside Castleford Ex-Services Club. A lounge at the club, which has recently been refurbished, was also renamed the Backhouse Hopson Memorial Lounge. Lynn Hodson, Craig’s mother, said the day had been a celebration of her son’s life. She said: “It was wonderful, it was really nice. It was a proper memorial, not a remembrance. “Our little ones were involved - Craig’s daughter and two nieces. We talk about him that much that they think they know him.”“It’s nice to see his name up there. It’s nice to see Craig and … [Read more...] about Castleford’s fallen soldiers remembered with memorial bike ride
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0 Post a comment Tuesday, 4 June 2019 - The remarkable role played by the island in the evacuation of troops stranded at Dunkirk in 1940 was commemorated at the Mona’s Queen anchor memorial service on Wednesday. The evacuation of 340,000 allied servicemen from the French coast in 1940 involved eight Steam Packet vessels, which between them rescued an estimated 25,000 troops while under fire from German forces.Steam Packet vessels Mona’s Queen, King Orry and Fenella were lost at Dunkirk within 24 hours around May 29. Mona’s Queen hit a mine and sank - with the loss of 24 men - during the heroic evacuation. The ship’s anchor had become detached from the vessel, so was not part of the war grave, and could be lifted off the sea bed and the operation to retrieve it was carried out in 2010 and it returned to the island in October 2011.Captain Andrew Douglas spearheaded the raising of the anchor, after his death in January 2010 the reins were taken up by … [Read more...] about Service marks heroism at Dunkirk
There are many events planned around the county to remember those who have died serving our country. Creston Memorial Day Service Time: 10 a.m. Date: Monday, May 27 Place: Creston Woodlawn Cemetery Information: 815-520-0694 or 815-751-3143 World War II veteran Yngve Johnson will share his service story. There also will be a full roll call, reading of “Flanders Field,” singing by Debbie Katzman and taps by Sam Tracy. Bring a lawn chair. In case of bad weather, the service will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 124 South St. DeKALB American Legion, AmVets Time: Beginning at 8:40 a.m. Date: Sunday, May 26 Place: DeKalb area cemeteries as follows: 9 a.m. Fairview Cemetery; 9:20 a.m. St. Mary’s Cemetery; 9:35 a.m. Kishwaukee RIver on First Street bridge; 9:50 a.m. Congregational Church; 10:10 a.m. County Cemetery; 10:35 a.m. Ohio Grove Cemetery; 11:05 a.m. Cortland Cemetery; 11:35 a.m. Afton Cemetery. Worn American flags can be dropped off at American Legion Post … [Read more...] about DeKalb County Memorial Day observances
PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:26 20 May 2019 Rowan Mantell John Wilson and Jason Coe Coe family Ahead of the cathedral memorial service for John Wilson, Jason Coe remembers the day he went fishing with the Norfolk television star. Jason Coe's 21st birthday present - a day fishing with John WilsonA memorial service for John Wilson, once voted "the greatest angler of all time," is being held at Norwich Cathedral on May 24. The fisherman, famous for the television series he presented, died aged 75, in November, and is mourned not only by friends and family, but also by many who loved his programmes and read his books. Jason Coe met John just once, 20 years ago, but has vivid memories of a perfect day fishing at John's Great Witchingham home. Jason's parents, Krystyna and Neil Coe had won the fishing day at a Children in Need auction - to give to Jason as a 21st birthday present. "I can still remember the excitement now," said Jason. "At the time … [Read more...] about What are your memories of angler John Wilson?
A feast of football is planned in memory of a stalwart coach and firefighter.The Graham McGuigan Trophy will be contested by a side from Warriors FC, the youth team that Graham coached, and Newark Fire Station, where he was a popular and long-serving member.Graham’s life was commemorated through football, one of his passions, last year following his death at the age of 44.This year’s match takes place at Flowserve, Lowfields, Balderton, at 9.30am on Saturday, May 25, starting with junior football.Ten sides vying to win the junior version of a shield — Warriors, Market Warsop, RHP, Robin Hood Colts, Hosiery Mills, Southwell City, Chesterfield Academy, and Keyworth United, who are fielding three teams.The main event — Warriors versus Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service — kicks off at 1.30pm.Graham has three sons — Sully will captain the Warriors team, Brady will play in the youth tournament, and Jed will be refereeing in … [Read more...] about Charity game in memory of firefighter and football fan