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Hundreds turn out for Bexleyheath Remembrance Sunday service

PUBLISHED: 11:20 12 November 2012

The crowds gather around Bexleyheath War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday

The crowds gather around Bexleyheath War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday

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Hundreds of people gathered for a Remembrance Sunday service at Bexleyheath War Memorial for a moment of reflection for those who have fallen in battle.

Wreaths were laid at Bexleyheath War MemorialWreaths were laid at Bexleyheath War Memorial

A parade led by the Rev Francis Jakeman of Christ Church in Bexleyheath saw service personnel march towards the memorial, which included army and navy cadets, the Boy’s Brigade Bexleyheath and Bexleyheath Territorial Army.

The service included a number of hymns, the Lord’s prayer and the first two verses of the national anthem before a two minute silence was impeccably observed by the near 500 observers.

George Dangerfield, 86, was involved in the Normandy Landings with the Royal Navy in June 1944.

He said: “I remember it like it was yesterday. Of the 300 of us who crossed the channel in my troop only about 40 of us survived.

George Dangerfield, 86, was involved in the Normandy landingsGeorge Dangerfield, 86, was involved in the Normandy landings

“I come to this service every year if I’m well enough.”

The moment of reflection was followed by the laying of wreaths at the war memorial before the crowds dispersed.

Bexleyheath and Welling Royal British Legion chairman Paul Grest admitted they were planning something special for the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War in 2014.

Mr Grest said: “Our planning is still in the embryonic stages. Our services have become much bigger over the last few years and it’s important that people remember all the wars, not just the First World War.

“It brings a tear to my eye thinking about the number of people who have given their lives for our country. It’s the ultimate sacrifice.”

There were further services at the war memorials in Sidcup, Welling, Bexley Village and Crayford.

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