Haverhill honours its past and present armed forces
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.
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.
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.