Memorial garden set up to honour Britain's war dead

FOR OUR HEROES: Peter Ovington plants out the crosses in Sedgefield’s remembrance garden. Below, some of the crosses

FOR OUR HEROES: Peter Ovington plants out the crosses in Sedgefield’s remembrance garden. Below, some of the crosses

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Shildon and Spennymoor)

A VETERAN’S group which holds repatriation services for UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan has created a garden of remembrance for Britain’s war dead.

Sedgefield Village Veterans has created the garden in time for next Sunday’s Remembrance Day outside of St Edmund’s Church, Sedgefield, County Durham.

Amongst the crosses in the garden are 437 which carry the photo and name of each British serviceman and woman killed in the current Afghanistan troubles.

There are also crosses that bear the title of many of Britain’s other wars like the Korean War of 1950-53 and the Falklands War of 1982 to honour those killed in these conflicts.

David Hillerby, who served with the Household Cavalry and is secretary of the veteran’s group, helped to set up the garden.

He said: “There are British soldiers currently fighting in the world and some of them are being killed and it’s important to remember them.

“Since 2009 the Sedgefield Veteran’s Group has conducted repatriation ceremonies for the UK’s war dead coming home from Afghanistan.

“The garden is another way of helping to honour Britain’s war dead and it is a way to remember those who have died fighting for Britain.”

The veteran’s group has held coffee mornings and other fundraising activities to raise more than £500 to pay for the garden.

It is hoped that the garden will become an annual event and that it will be created each year just before Remembrance Day.

Anyone who wishes to place a cross in the remembrance garden can do so but the veteran’s group asks if they can be handed to them to place.

Pupils and staff from Sedgefield Community College will also plant 1,000 crosses with poppies on near to the garden of remembrance on Friday (Nov 9) morning.

The college is to hold a remembrance service on Friday (Nov 9) at 10.45am.

The Remembrance Day service in Sedgefield starts at 9.45am at St Edmund’s Church which will be led by lay preacher Michael King.

It will be followed at 10.45am with the laying of 20 wreaths at the town’s war memorial.

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bettysenior says...

The Unsung Heroes of our Great Country who in Reality Saved our Nation but where we have ‘Never’ really Recognized them or Celebrated them for saving us from the Tyranny of Nazi Domination

In this period of remembrance for all those who lost their lives and fought in two world wars we have to thank all those inventors who made possible victory in Europe. So much is said and rightly so, about the courage and sheer suffering that our boys (and girls) endured so that we won the two world wars but where the boys and women who behind the scenes made it possible are hardly ever mentioned by the media – the vital unsung heroes and without them we would now be under Nazi domination. In this respect if radar had not been invented we would not have won the war of the skies in 1940, as we would not have then had the advantage of surprise (and historians state that Germany would have taken over Britain). It was down to Robert Watson-Watt, the son of a carpenter and cabinet together with people like Arthur C. Clarke. If Barnes Wallis (the son of a GP) and inventor of the bouncing bomb, tall boy that sunk the Tirpitz and the larger earthquake bomb that destroyed underground Nazi communication systems prior to D-Day, the Normandy Landings may have very well been thwarted. If John Argyris, the unsung hero who made military aircraft far safer and fixed up to 85% of all structural faults in some of our military plane before D-Day, would we have won the air war over Europe allowing the allies to roam wherever they wished. Indeed without air-cover the war in Europe may very well have been lost. Argryis’s work has been hidden for years and where his work could have literally saved 100s of thousands of allied lives. Little know also is that Argryis’s uncle was Einstein’s mentor and in this respect he said of his mentor, “My mentor (Constantin Carathéodory was an unrivalled Greek, to whom I, as well as mathematics, physics and the wisdom of our century owe everything.” Indeed, On December 19, 2005, Israeli officials along with Israel’s ambassador to Athens, Ram Aviram, presented the Greek foreign ministry with copies of 10 letters between Albert Einstein and Constantin Carathéodory that suggest that the work of Carathéodory helped shape some of Albert Einstein’s theories. If it had not been for people like Alan Turing (a civil servant’s son and an average performing pupil at School) and his work at Bletchley Park, WW2 would have gone on for at least a further 3-years with the loss of hundreds of thousands of additional lives. These to name but only a few of our unsung heroes and where there is a multitude of inventors that without them we would certainly have lost the war in my humble opinion. It is therefore about time that this nation recognized all this and had an official day to celebrate our great inventors, engineer and scientists. For without them, we would be have gained little and most probably even been enslaved by what can only be described as an evil power, according to what we now know from history. They are therefore in reality the great protectors of our nation but where we always forget them and never thank them for saving us.

Dr David Hill
Chief Executive
World Innovation Foundation
Huddersfield, United Kingdom – Bern, Switzerland – Arlington, United States of America
The Unsung Heroes of our Great Country who in Reality Saved our Nation but where we have ‘Never’ really Recognized them or Celebrated them for saving us from the Tyranny of Nazi Domination In this period of remembrance for all those who lost their lives and fought in two world wars we have to thank all those inventors who made possible victory in Europe. So much is said and rightly so, about the courage and sheer suffering that our boys (and girls) endured so that we won the two world wars but where the boys and women who behind the scenes made it possible are hardly ever mentioned by the media – the vital unsung heroes and without them we would now be under Nazi domination. In this respect if radar had not been invented we would not have won the war of the skies in 1940, as we would not have then had the advantage of surprise (and historians state that Germany would have taken over Britain). It was down to Robert Watson-Watt, the son of a carpenter and cabinet together with people like Arthur C. Clarke. If Barnes Wallis (the son of a GP) and inventor of the bouncing bomb, tall boy that sunk the Tirpitz and the larger earthquake bomb that destroyed underground Nazi communication systems prior to D-Day, the Normandy Landings may have very well been thwarted. If John Argyris, the unsung hero who made military aircraft far safer and fixed up to 85% of all structural faults in some of our military plane before D-Day, would we have won the air war over Europe allowing the allies to roam wherever they wished. Indeed without air-cover the war in Europe may very well have been lost. Argryis’s work has been hidden for years and where his work could have literally saved 100s of thousands of allied lives. Little know also is that Argryis’s uncle was Einstein’s mentor and in this respect he said of his mentor, “My mentor (Constantin Carathéodory [Karatheodoris] was an unrivalled Greek, to whom I, as well as mathematics, physics and the wisdom of our century owe everything.” Indeed, On December 19, 2005, Israeli officials along with Israel’s ambassador to Athens, Ram Aviram, presented the Greek foreign ministry with copies of 10 letters between Albert Einstein and Constantin Carathéodory [Karatheodoris] that suggest that the work of Carathéodory helped shape some of Albert Einstein’s theories. If it had not been for people like Alan Turing (a civil servant’s son and an average performing pupil at School) and his work at Bletchley Park, WW2 would have gone on for at least a further 3-years with the loss of hundreds of thousands of additional lives. These to name but only a few of our unsung heroes and where there is a multitude of inventors that without them we would certainly have lost the war in my humble opinion. It is therefore about time that this nation recognized all this and had an official day to celebrate our great inventors, engineer and scientists. For without them, we would be have gained little and most probably even been enslaved by what can only be described as an evil power, according to what we now know from history. They are therefore in reality the great protectors of our nation but where we always forget them and never thank them for saving us. Dr David Hill Chief Executive World Innovation Foundation Huddersfield, United Kingdom – Bern, Switzerland – Arlington, United States of America bettysenior
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