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First cross added to moving Lavenham WW1 memorial

Plaque put up for First World War memorial in Lavenham by Mark Consadine. ANL-140708-111607001

Plaque put up for First World War memorial in Lavenham by Mark Consadine. ANL-140708-111607001

The first cross has been added to Lavenham’s memorial commemorating 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Each cross added over the next five years will represent one of the 76 servicemen from the village who died in the conflict.

The memorial also includes information on the impact of the war, including the harrowing fact that around 25 per cent of Lavenham men aged between 15 and 44 died on active service.

The crosses will be added each month by Mark Consadine, committee member of the Lavenham branch of the Royal British Legion, to mark when a serviceman was killed.

The first cross is for a Lavenham soldier who was reported missing after the retreat from Mons on August 26, 1914, the last dying of their injuries in 1919.

 

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