Poppy appeal history told in museum display

The Royal British Legion branch standard is lowered in remembrance at the Sleaford Cemetery service for the Battle of Loos centenary. EMN-151013-172247001

The Royal British Legion branch standard is lowered in remembrance at the Sleaford Cemetery service for the Battle of Loos centenary. EMN-151013-172247001

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Sleaford Museum has allowed the local branch of the Royal British Legion to use its main window display for the next month.

It highlights the history of the Poppy Appeal and local family stories

The new Royal British Legion display in Sleaford Museum's window. Pictured are Maureen Thom, who laid out the window, and members of the museum volunteer staff and Clibe Candlin of Sleaford's Royal British Legion branch. EMN-151020-135247001

The new Royal British Legion display in Sleaford Museum's window. Pictured are Maureen Thom, who laid out the window, and members of the museum volunteer staff and Clibe Candlin of Sleaford's Royal British Legion branch. EMN-151020-135247001

Branch chairman Clive Candlin said: “We are looking to draw the people’s attention to the fact that we are in the period of Remembrance, starting with the Poppy Prom on Saturday October 24, at 7.30pm in the hall of St George’s Academy.”

The Remembrance Sunday parade and service take place on Sunday November 8, forming up at the railway station at 10.15am and marching to the war memorial in the Market Place, finally followed by a short service at 11am at the memorial on Wednesday November 11, Armistice Day.

Mr Candlin said: “We will have serving military from RAF Cranwell and Digby, with the Reviewing Officer being provided by RAF Cranwell this year, and a variety of veterans and members of the Army and RAF Cadets along with Scouts and Guides.”

The Sleaford branch of the Royal British Legion held a short, poignant service at the town’s cemetery last Tuesday to mark the centenary since the biggest loss of life in one battle for the Lincolnshire Regiment during the First World War.

Gathering at 12.45pm on October 13, a whistle was blown by branch chairman Clive Candlin at 1pm to commemorate the time when the boys went ‘over the top’ to attack the heavily fortified ‘Hohenzollern Redoubt’ in the German lines where sadly over 300 members of the Territorial Army section of the Regiment were killed and countless more injured.

A number of relatives of those involved in the action, including one who was injured, attended the service. A wreath was laid by Mayor of Sleaford Coun Garry Titmus, himself a former member of HM Armed Forces.

Rev Philip Johnson, Vicar of Sleaford, listed the names of six servicemen from the battle whose graves are in the Eastgate cemetery.

They were: Cpl Robert Arthur Coy, 24, of Mareham Terrace, Pt Edward Vernon Cracknell, 20, of Eastgate, William Dickenson, Pt James Melbourne Pask, 20, of Holdingham, Cpl Charles Neal Stanyon, 26, of Leasingham Moor, and Pt Thomas Townsend, 20, of Handley Street.

There was a pause for silence and the words of the Ode of Remembrance were said by Mr Candlin.