More Veterans on Parade at Conisbrough Ceremony

November 1946

South Yorkshire Times, November 2, 1946

More Veterans on Parade at Conisbrough Ceremony

More of the grey headed veterans of the 1914 – 18 war were seen on parade at Conisbrough services on Sunday than the youngsters of this last conflict. Conisbrough British Legion, the regular and special Constabulary, the Conisbrough St John ambulance Brigade division, members of the Conisbrough enterprise and pride of Denaby R. A. O. B. Lodges and the 26th A Doncaster St Peter’s girl guides made up a parade of nearly 150 people which attended the ceremonies at the Parish Church and at the war memorial in Coronation Park afterwards.

Under Parade Marshal Sgt. – Major. J. A. Pepper, Clifton Hill, Conisbrough, veteran of both wars, the Legion, police and R. A. O. B. Assembled in Brooke square and paraded to church, where they were joined by the girl guides and the ambulance division. The Legion standard, carried by Mr E. Moore. M. M. With Messrs K. Hutley and J Kelly as supporters, was received, with other emblems, by the vicar and the rev G. F. Braithwaite, who with the rev. S. R. Birchnall, currate, conducted the service.

An address was given by the vicar, and after the service the parade reassembled for ceremonies at the War Memorial, and which an innovation this year was the reading of coal. John McCrae’s “in Flanders Field.” Reefs were laid in the order called out by the Chief Marshal, Mr Ernest Downing, and the public were invited to plan poppies in the garden of remembrance at the foot of the memorial.

The Last Post and Reveille were sounded by Mr L. Whitehead, ex K. O. Y. L. I. and a march past the memorial was conducted before the dismissal in Brook Square.

Victim of both wars were remembered by relatives by reefs laid on the war memorial, and wreaths were also laid on behalf of the British Legion, the National services club, the girl guides, and the regular and special Constabulary, the two R. A. O. B. Lodges and the ambulance Brigade.