The names of people of Eastleigh, who were killed during the First and Second World Wars, have been engraved on a new addition to the war memorial in the centre of the town. It will be the focus of the Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying ceremony on 11 November - the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
The new monument, an addition to the existing war memorial in the Leigh Road Recreation Ground, will honour people from Eastleigh parish who were killed in the two conflicts.
Last year, Councillors on the Borough Council’s Eastleigh Local Area Committee, agreed £35,000 funding for major works to improve the memorial in time for the centennial commemoration, as well as create better access and surroundings for the many who attend the annual ceremony.
Since then, the Council has been working with the Royal British Legion to create the monument that bears the names, engraved on a pair of granite monoliths, that are taking their place alongside the distinctive figure of the Angel of Mons, as work nears completion.
This year’s Eastleigh Remembrance Service begins with the civic procession led by the Mayor, Councillor Bruce Tennent, from The Point arts centre in Leigh Road (they will assemble at 10.30am) before the wreath-laying ceremony and two minutes silence (at 11am).
The Eastleigh, Chandler’s Ford & District Branch of the Royal British Legion will form up for the Remembrance Parade in the Mitchell Road service road, between Southampton Road and Market Street, at 10.15am. They will step off at 10.30am to march to the war memorial. After the service they will reform in Leigh Road for a march past at The Point where the Deputy Lieutenant, Mrs Joan Ferrer JP DL and the Mayor will take the salute.
A short civic wreath-laying ceremony will also be held at the Cenotaph in the Military Cemetery at the Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley, at 3pm.
Councillor Paul Bicknell, Chair of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee, which funded the memorial project, said: “The Borough of Eastleigh played an important role in the First and Second World War and a number of residents of Eastleigh parish – both military and civilian – sacrificed their lives. Although Eastleigh town centre has its own memorial, the names of the fallen had never previously been recorded on a monument. The centenary of the end of World War 1 presented us with an opportunity to put that right and I believe that, working with our partners in the Royal British Legion, we have created a dignified and lasting tribute.”