Special anniversary to be marked in Wyndham Park in Grantham

Wyndham Park.
Wyndham Park.
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A special anniversary will be marked in Wyndham Park later this year.

On November 6, a service of remembrance and re-dedication in the park will be held in memory of Captain The Hon William Reginald Wyndham of the 1st Life Guards who fought in the First World War. He was involved in heavy fighting at the first battle of Ypres in the autumn of 1914 and was killed in action on November 6.

The event will start at 10.30am and include a short service, followed by the laying of wreaths by the memorial plaque. The Royal British Legon will be in attendance as will the Mayor of Grantham and councillors. King’s School will also provide members of its cadets force.

SKDC’s portfolio holder for leisure, arts and culture, Coun Bob Adams said: “Wyndham Park plays such an important part of life in Grantham, together with our other parks and open spaces, it is right we commemorate the man after whom it was named. Captain Wyndham like so many men paid the ultimate sacrifice and it is fitting 100 years on we will pay tribute to his and the lives of those in Grantham and South Kesteven who did the same.”

The plans to create the park as a Memorial were first discussed in a public meeting in January 1920. It was suggested that a “suitable memorial should be erected to the memory of the dead and provision made for the living, particularly the children – the men and women of the future”. The plan to create a park scheme – a

riverside promenade or pleasure ground - was the preferred solution and Slate Mill Recreation Ground the most suitable location.

A donation of £1,000 from the Dowager Lady Leconfield helped to boost the public subscription fund being raised, the donation made “to perpetuate the memory of her son”.