Sutton villagers to recognise 11 fallen soldiers

Sutton resident Andrew Monkhouse, who now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, compiled details of the Fallen of Sutton

Sutton resident Andrew Monkhouse, who now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, compiled details of the Fallen of Sutton

First published in News

A CENTURY after the outbreak of the First World War, a plaque bearing the names of 11 fallen servicemen is to be unveiled on the Sutton-in-Craven war memorial at a ceremony on Sunday.

When the memorial was erected in March 1921, the names of 11 Sutton soldiers who died in the Great War were not included.

Over a number of years, former Sutton resident Andrew Monkhouse, who now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, compiled details of the ''Fallen of Sutton'' who are named on the village war memorial.

At a gathering in March 2011 to mark the memorial's 90th anniversary, the names of those listed on the memorial were read out.

Since that date it became apparent that several names were missing and Mr Monkhouse researched 11 additional names that will now be added to the list.

To rectify this omission, Robert Smith commissioned a new plaque bearing the names of these forgotten members of the village.

The ceremony, which starts at 2pm, will feature a parade by Haworth Home Guard.

A wreath will be laid and a poem written by a local child will be read.

Seventeen recently found "letters home" sent from both Great War survivors and fallen servicemen from Sutton will be on display in the park pavilion on the day.

And 100 souvenir pamphlets with photos and details of the 11 fallen soldiers will be handed out free of charge.

In addition to family members of the soldiers, residents of all ages and friends of the village are welcome to attend.

Mr Monkhouse said: "The ceremony will be a very significant and historic occasion for the village."

In addition to the unveiling, a service of commemoration will be held at St Thomas' Church on Monday at 7pm.

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