Merton honours war dead


The sacrifice of our Armed Forces is being honoured in a series of remembrance services across the borough this weekend.


By David Watson

The sacrifice of our Armed Forces will be honoured in a series of remembrance services across the borough this weekend.

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender, attended a public service at Morden Civic Centre this morning at 10.50am.

The service was conducted by the Mayor’s Chaplain, Reverend Roger Jones of the Trinity United Reform Church in Wimbledon.

Merton’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Chris Edge, also took part in a service at the Clock Tower on Mitcham Fair Green at 10.50am.

Mayor Lewis-Lavender said: “This day is significant as it serves as a faithful reminder of those who have lost their lives fighting for their country.”

There will be further remembrance events on Sunday 13 November with wreath-laying ceremonies at Mitchum and Wimbledon War Memorials.

All Saints Primary School in Colliers Wood will welcome the local community to a 10.45am service remembering former pupils who died in the Great War.

The school is thought to have sent more ex-pupils to fight in World War One, the majority of whom gave their lives in battle, than any other in England.

Mayor Lewis-Lavender, members of the council, civic representatives, health groups and members of the Royal British Legion will attend a 9.00am service at Nelson Hospital in Kingston Road.

A parade will follow, making its way from Merton’s Royal British Legion Club at 10.10am to Mitchum War Memorial where a wreath will be laid and the Rt Hon Sir John Wheeler JP and Mayor Lewis-Lavender will accept the formal salute.

“We remember those fallen and also men and women who are serving in the Armed Forces at present,” said Mayor Lewis-Lavender.

“I hope residents across the borough will remember those at this time and support the 2011 Poppy Appeal for its hard work.”

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