Haverhill honours its past and present armed forces

Members of the Royal Logistic Corps with Charlotte, 6, Harvey, 3, Hayley Ledain, 4,  from Haverhill at Saturday's Armed Forces Day event.
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Members of the Royal Logistic Corps with Charlotte, 6, Harvey, 3, Hayley Ledain, 4, from Haverhill at Saturday's Armed Forces Day event. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160627-090907009

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Last week’s Armed Forces Week saw Haverhill honour service people past and present, recalling lost sons and those still serving.

The week began with a flag raising last Monday, reported in last week’s Haverhill Echo, and continued with the rededication of two memorials and a finale on Saturday in the Market Place for Armed Forces Day.

The rededication of Haverhill's War Memorial ANL-160622-191304009

The rededication of Haverhill's War Memorial ANL-160622-191304009

On Wednesday the families of three men joined civic and military dignitaries and members of the Royal British Legion to rededicate Haverhill War Memorial where two airmen’s names were added to the World War Two tablet and the Northern Ireland plaque was made more prominent.

Among those attending were Sq Ldr Tan Cavendish and Warrant Officer Sonya Derbyshire from RAF Honington from where Sgt Thomas English had flown bombers with 9 Squadron. Two members of his wife Doris’ (nee Bigmore) family attended, Robin and Lesley Farbridge.

The other name added was Pilot Officer John Gurteen, who flew fighters in the Battle of Britain from RAF Hendon.

The omission of the two men was discovered by Haverhill Family History group.

WO Sonya Derbyshire and Sq Ldr Tan Cavendish from RSAF Honington at the war memorial's rededication ANL-160622-191350009

WO Sonya Derbyshire and Sq Ldr Tan Cavendish from RSAF Honington at the war memorial's rededication ANL-160622-191350009

The Northern Ireland memorial recalls Sgt Graham Cox, who was killed by a sniper in Northern Ireland in 1971, while with the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards. His widow, Sheila, from Haverhill, attended.

Then on Saturday Bury Sea Cadet Band led a parade through the town centre leaving to a flag raising in the Market Place where historic military vehicles were on display with information stands by the modern military.

In St Mary’s Churchyard, Haverhill Family History Group displayed medals, memorabilia and vintage lawn mowers.

The rededication of Haverhill War Memorial ANL-160622-191402009

The rededication of Haverhill War Memorial ANL-160622-191402009

Vernon Crisp with his 1943 Willys Jeep
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Vernon Crisp with his 1943 Willys Jeep Picture Mark Westley ANL-160627-090845009

Tom and Eva Connolly from Haverhill looking at WW1 items from  the Rural Relics Collection
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Tom and Eva Connolly from Haverhill looking at WW1 items from the Rural Relics Collection Picture Mark Westley ANL-160627-090918009

The Northern Ireland memorial to Sergeant Graham Alfred Cox ANL-160622-191428009

The Northern Ireland memorial to Sergeant Graham Alfred Cox ANL-160622-191428009

The World War II tablet with the names of Sergeant Thomas Henry English and, Pilot Officer John Vinter Gurteen addedl ANL-160622-191416009

The World War II tablet with the names of Sergeant Thomas Henry English and, Pilot Officer John Vinter Gurteen addedl ANL-160622-191416009