Poignant gesture to remember Axminster's fallen

PUBLISHED: 12:57 18 August 2009 | UPDATED: 23:59 15 June 2010

P7979-34-09SH The dedication of a new memorial took place at the Minster in Axminster on Saturday afternoon. Pictured-Rev Frank Johnson conducts the service.
Picture by Simon Horn.

P7979-34-09SH The dedication of a new memorial took place at the Minster in Axminster on Saturday afternoon. Pictured-Rev Frank Johnson conducts the service. Picture by Simon Horn.

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AROUND 100 people gathered for the re-dedication of Axminster s War Memorial, after the names of the fallen were engraved on a new stone.

AROUND 100 people gathered for the re-dedication of Axminster's War Memorial, after the names of the fallen were engraved on a new stone.

The event was held on Saturday, August 15, the anniversary of the day when the Japanese surrender was announced to end the Second World War.

Kenneth Brake, chairman of the Royal British Legion in Axminster, explained why the re-dedication was carried out.

He said: "The war memorial has 19 names on it, which are engraved around the base but people said they were unable to see them.

"We set up the War Memorial Trust to raise the £2,000 we needed to get a new stone engraved with the 19 names of those who died in the Second World War."

The re-dedication was led by the Reverend Frank Johnstone, of the Axminster RBL, who was formerly in the Royal Navy.

Mr Brake said: "We had about 75 invited guests, as well as on-lookers, which included some children, which was nice to see.

"There was a good turnout, which we were very pleased to see."

The standards of different organisations were flown, and lowered, as part of the service and a wreath was laid by a relative of one of those named on the memorial, as a representative of the families.


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