Tributes paid to fallen war heroes

LOCAL heroes who fought in World War One had new commemorative war grave headstones unveiled at Gainsborough Cemetery.

This is all part of an ongoing project by Trent Valley Academy, the Gainsborough branch of the Royal British Legion and Gainsborough Town Council.

Trent Valley Academy pupils and the Royal British Legion unveil new headstones for four WW1 soldiers in Gainsborough Central Cemetery who previously have not been recognised G110712-3a

Trent Valley Academy pupils and the Royal British Legion unveil new headstones for four WW1 soldiers in Gainsborough Central Cemetery who previously have not been recognised G110712-3a

The ceremony to mark the erection of commonwealth war grave headstones for Private Albert Ernest Farrow, Gunner James Percy Green, Private Frederick Masters and Sgt Ernest John Whitney took place on Tuesday 12th July.

Mayor of Gainsborough Harry Clarke was in attendance, as were members of the Royal British Legion, staff and pupils from TVA, Flying Officer Nathan Wilks who performed the last post and two generations of the Birkitt family who survive Albert Farrow.

“This is a very important day,” said Andrew Birkitt, Sansfield Lane, Gainsborough. “We didn’t even know about Albert until we went through our family tree.”

He added: “It’s pretty special because there was no marked headstone before and it’s nice to have somewhere local where the family can come and pay their respects.”

Mayor Harry Clarke said: “Today means a lot to Gainsborough, because it’s important to look back at the years of the Great War and all wars and know that the people who gave their lives have not been forgotten.”

“The people who have organised this definitely deserve a huge thank you.”

TVA Assistant Principle Peter Bradshaw added: “This is great because some of these men have been in unmarked graves since they died, and it’s important that they have somewhere where they can be remembered locally.”

For more information and to watch our VIDEO of the ceremony, head over to www.gainsboroughstandard.co.uk