Veterans pay respects

British legion visit
British legion visit
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WAR veterans from across the Express area visited the UK’s largest war memorial to lay wreaths in respect for fellow soldiers who were killed.

More than 40 people from Hemsworth, South Elmsall, Kinsley and Ackworth branches of the Royal British Legion made the important trip to the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, last Friday where each branch laid a wreath at the memorial.

Sandra Pickin, secretary for the Hemsworth branch, and a district councillor, organised the trip after securing funding from Wakefield Council.

Coun Pickin said: “Some of the members are elderly and have never been to the memorial and won’t get the chance to go again, so I wanted to make sure they got to go as it’s part of their history. They all thought it was marvellous and want to go again.”

The National Memorial Arboretum is a charity run by staff and volunteers and is part of the Royal British Legion family.

A South Kirkby soldier was given the honour of laying a wreath at a memorial dedicated to lost members of his regiment.

Sgt Craig Backhouse, of the Coldstream Guards, laid the wreath at the Black Sunday memorial opposite Buckingham Palace on May 13.

Hundreds of people were there to remember the fallen soldiers of World War Two, and wreaths were laid to mark the day.

Sgt Backhouse, of Holmsley Lane, but who is currently stationed in Hull, said: “There were people there that were colleagues of those fallen soldiers so it was really emotional for us all.”