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Issue No. 70 [Back Issues]
15th November 2005

This Week - [Remembrance Sunday - Recognition for Soldier]
[Sir Peter de la Billiere at JKHS - Report from Kampala - Breast Cancer Charity Day - Fish out of Water]
[High Water in Ross - Life, The Universe - Potters Bar Invitiation]
[Eva's 100th Birthday - Lea and Goodrich Schools]
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At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them . . .

Those who gave their lives during the two world wars or serving their country in more recent times were remembered on Sunday, 13th November at the Prospect and at other local village war memorials. A large parade of war veterans and family members of those who died took place for the Act of Remembrance and Laying of Wreathes.

Pictured below is veteran, Dennis Cook. Dennis was with the King's Shropshire Light Infantry from 1939 to 1946. He served in North Africa, Islands in the Mediterranean and from the Toe of Italy to Naples, Rome and Florence. Dennis was one of the first to 'go in' at Anzio Beach Head, where he was decorated with the Military Medal.

Also below are photographs of the Remembrance service, the wreathes laid at both the Prospect war memorial and at the recently restored war memorial at Old Gore.


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Recognition given to Ross soldier after 90 years . . .

Private, William Charles Clarke, 5927, 2nd Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry will soon have his name inscribed on the panels of the Menin Gate at Ypres, ninety years after his death on the fields around the tiny town of Ypres.

William Charles Clarke, who was born in Ross, was the son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Clarke of Alton Street. He landed in France on 28th January 1915 and soon found himself in the trenches, in the St. Eloi sector. After many tours in and out of the trenches around Ypres, his battalion was in the thick of the fighting at Frezenberg Ridge. They formed up on the 24th May to attack Bellewaerde Ridge and ordered to retake trenches around Railway Wood, after severe fighting and holding the newly constructed line.

The cost this action was over 192 men killed wounded and missing, of which Private Clarke was one of the missing. His body was never found, so having no known grave he should have been recorded on the panels of the Menin Gate. For some reason however, this never happened.

After several months of contacting the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, amateur researcher of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry, Philip Morris has now been informed by letter that the MOD have approved the commemoration and have confirmed that Private William Charles Clarke's death was attributed to his war service. He will therefore be officially recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

His name was recorded on the war memorial at St. Mary's Parish Church, Ross and can be seen in the photograph below.


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