Burton Overy held a series of events on 3/8/14 to commemorates the beginning or WW1 and those we sadly lost one hundred years ago. This was commemorated by village researchers looking at those the village in particular lost and documenting them and their families. The boards and memorabilia were on display at the church and in the village hall. I wasn’t at the church service, which by all accounts was very moving.
On this day I thought of my own father, who lost his father in the second world war and I witnessed first account, the scars that loss left behind. My father now sadly deceased, spent years documenting, researching the events of the second world war which led to his own fathers death. My fathers website www.northeast/communigate.com gives a moving account of his final memory of his father, big and strong, he sat on his shoulders and never imagined he would never see him again. In fact he always imagined he had not been killed and one day would come home!
After the Burton Overy church rememberance service, villagers had contributed cakes and sandwiches and the hall was decorated for a fabulous afternoon tea. The children waited on and served pots of tea and gave there time freely as did a core team of organisers. I helped find a fitting tea towel design which was printed and given to all residents of Burton Overy, funded by the parish council.