Corby Glen villagers pay tribute to 24 men who gave their lives in First World War

Flags in Corby Glen mark the centenary of the start of The First World War
Flags in Corby Glen mark the centenary of the start of The First World War
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A village remembered the 24 soldiers who gave their lives in the First World War at a moving ceremony on Monday night.

About 200 villagers took part in events in Corby Glen to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War.

As dusk descended on the village war memorial, candles were lit representing each of the men from the village killed during the four years of bloody conflict.

A service followed at the parish church of St John the Evangelist.

Parish council chairman Steve Honeywood said he was pleased so many villagers supported the event, which was held simultaneously with a service of remembrance at Westminster Abbey.

After an introduction by Mr Honeywood, the villagers of all ages gathered on The Green heard from retired RAF Squadron Leader, and military history researcher Chris Wesley, about one of the names on the war memorial.

Former Royal Navy aviator Phil Mould then gave the oration and lit lanterns while the 24 names were read by Mick Franklin.

After two minute’s silence, the lanterns were carried to the church in a procession accompanied by a drum beat played by 12-year-old Josh Weir and tolling of the church’s tenor bell by David Porter.

The church service was conducted by the Rev David Creasey and lay minister Sue Glover.

After hymns and readings, the lanterns were extinguished by Dominic Mould in the sequence in which the men died.

They included Claude and Urban Matsell, who were sons of the village policeman, a village postman and workers from the Grimsthorpe estate.

Mr Honeywood said the anniversary was an opportunity to recognise the sacrifice by the 24 village men, but also to learn more about them.

He said: “We hope that we can fill in some more of the background, which will help people in remembering that these were young men who lived in our village a comparatively recent 100 years ago, and who went off to war and didn’t come back.

“We have a great deal of information thanks to research done a few years ago by local historians David Schofield and Desmond Adcock, but we want to learn even more over the next four years, while there may still be memories and photographs available. Hopefully we will be able to publish a record for the village.”

A collection of some of the photos and records gathered so far is on show in the church, which is open during the day.