Gallery: Schoolchildren recite names of fallen as Woodbridge marks Armistice Day

23 Parachute Engineer Regiment Major Simon Farmer salutes at the Woodbridge Royal British Legion led

23 Parachute Engineer Regiment Major Simon Farmer salutes at the Woodbridge Royal British Legion led a two-minute silence at the war memorial on Market Hill. - Credit: Su Anderson

The names of 133 men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War were read by schoolchildren during Armistice Day commemorations in their home town of Woodbridge.

Pupils from Kyson, St Mary’s, Woodbridge Primary and The Abbey joined a service at the war memorial on Market Hill, where representatives of the Royal British Legion (RBL), town council, and soldiers from 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment also laid wreaths.

A small party silently marched from the Shire Hall to the memorial garden, before a short service led by Major Russell Pipe of the Salvation Army.

A two-minutes’ silence was signalled by the sounding of the Last Post, before the names of 133 Woodbridge men who lost their lives in the Great War were read by eight schoolchildren, while classmates laid a cross to honour each of the fallen.

Cliff Baldock, deputy parade marshall for Woodbridge RBL, said the occasion was made particularly poignant by the attendance of local schoolchildren – some just a few years the junior of Wilfred Maurice Nunn, who at 17 was the youngest man to be honoured on the memorial.

Pupils from St Mary’s Primary School also joined Woodbridge cadets and Seckford Care residents for a special Armistice service held at the Seckford Almshouse chapel.

Meanwhile, staff and councillors at Suffolk Coastal observed a two-minutes’ silence at the district offices on Melton Hill observed. A group of about 40 gathered in front of the Drums of the Fore and Aft statue to pay their respects.

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At Saxmundham Free School, head boy Lewis Pinion and head girl Chloe O’Dwyer joined cadets in placing a wreath on the town memorial.

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