Some of you will remember the crowdfunding initiative that took place in the Autumn of 2018, started by Karen Dennis, to finance a headstone for Charlie, who served in the First World War. Charlie’s name is on the War Memorial in the High Street, but his body lies in an unmarked grave in Little Burstead. Very few soldiers, who died ‘back home’, have an unmarked grave in this way. More details of that crowdfunding, and Charlie, can be found here
I’m delighted to say, as a result of the generosity of many in the community, that I’ll be leading a service of Commemoration, alongside a Dedication and unveiling of the Headstone for Charlie at Saint Mary the Virgin, Little Burstead, on Saturday 22 June 2019 commencing at 10.15 am with the dedication taking place around 11.00 am.
Representatives of the Royal British Legion and, we hope, the Leicester Regiment Association will be in attendance along with members of the Western Front Association. Many community groups have been asked to send a representative to this event, too.
May I give you an invitation to join with us? Charlie has no living relatives and I wonder if you might consider attending this service as a way to honour Charlie and remember the ultimate sacrifice he made for King and Country and to protect the freedom we so take for granted nowadays?