Remembering those who fell in conflict

The First World War remembrance event
The First World War remembrance event
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War hero Andy Reid joined the Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens to unveil a memorial stone at St Helens Cemetery to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

The triple amputee, Coun Geoff Pearl and Carol Pearl were among a string of dignitaries who paid their respects to the fallen at the poignant event on Sunday.

The memorial stone stands in a section of the cemetery where a wild flower and poppy field was created earlier this year by the Friends of St Helens Cemetery.

The Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead, was also in attendance, along with representatives from the council, military and other organisations.

The event also saw an exhibition by the St Helens PALS Project, the St Helens Rolls of Honour Project and a display of First World War uniforms, memorabilia and photographs in the chapel.

The Friends group, with the help of local sea, air and army cadets, placed a cross of poppies on every First World War grave or headstone.

Marlene Downey from the Friends group said: “There are approximately 400 headstones at St Helens Cemetery and 60 at Newton Cemetery and we hope that the poppies, which will be visible throughout the old sections of the cemetery, will remind visitors of the sacrifice made by so many local men and the impact this war had on the families and the people of St Helens. The 400 headstones are a small representation of the thousands of men from the town who died or were permanently injured in this war and who mainly lie buried in foreign soil.”