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Andrew Monkhouse
Hanoi, Vietnam
Thursday, June 19, 2014 01:43
Sutton War Memorial 100th Anniversary Gathering Sunday August 3rd
August 4th 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

A ceremony in March 2011 marked the 90th anniversary of the unveiling of the village war memorial and the names of those listed on the memorial were read out.

Since that date it has become apparent that several names are missing from the list. To rectify this omission Robert Smith has commissioned a new plaque bearing the names of these forgotten members of the village.

It seems fitting that a small gathering, accompanied by the local Home Guard parade, should be held at the memorial to unveil the plaque. The names of the ''Forgotten Fallen'' will be read out as a mark of respect and tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that future generations can enjoy a peaceful Sutton and its wonderful countryside.

Young and not so young residents and friends of the village are welcome to join this informal historical event which will commence at 2pm on Sunday August 3rd. This notification has also been added to the EVENTS page on this website.
Andrew Monkhouse
Hanoi, Vietnam
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 06:56
Hello everyone, just a courtesy reminder that the 3rd August is less than two weeks away.

To recap, 11 'fallen' soldiers from Sutton-in-Craven have recently been identified as having been omitted from the war memorial when it was unveiled in March 1921. A new name plaque is to be unveiled in a ceremony commencing at 2:00pm on the 3rd August in recognition of these 11 local servicemen.

This centennial ceremony of the Great War will be a very significant and historic occasion for the village:

1. The local Home Guard will be in attendance and will form a formal parade

2. A wreath will be laid for the Fallen as part of the parade

3. The Vicar will be present to offer a blessing

4. Seventeen recently found 'letters home' sent from Great War survivors & Fallen servicemen from Sutton will be on display in the park pavilion on the day

5. 100 colour pamphlets (A5 and 28 pages long) will be handed out to attendees on the day free of charge. These pamphlets provide a brief synopsis plus photos of each of the 11 Fallen soldiers to be added to the new name plaque.

6. A poem written by a local child will read out at the wreath laying

7. The new name plaque will be formally unveiled

8. The names of the Fallen from both wars will be read out in tribute to each and every serviceman from Sutton who gave their life.

9. A local primary school child representative will hold a flag when the plaque is unveiled.

Please feel welcome to join this historical occasion for the village of Sutton-in-Craven in remembrance of the tremendous sacrifice these brave people from the township of Sutton made almost 100 years ago.
Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 00:25
Andrew, I hope there is a good turn out for this special service. We, the readers of this site, have been privileged to see how much work and research you personally contributed to make this occasion possible. I am sure that the families of those you have researched will be grateful for all the information you have provided that had previously been unavailable. Thank you.
Margarete Parker
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 08:00
Andrew, We would just like to offer our thanks for all the research and in depth information we have received from yourself for Albert Akrigg and we will be attending the centennial ceremony in the park which we think will be a very moving occasion and will not now be the Forgotten Fallen but a lasting memorial for future generations to come.
Paul Wilkinson
Friday, August 1, 2014 06:54

There's another item in the Craven Herald.

David Laycock
Melbourne Australia
Saturday, August 2, 2014 04:21
Well, well Andrew, we have a face to the name.
I would also like to add my thanks for your work on the project.
For those of us who can't be physically there on Sunday our thoughts will be.
Yvonne Salt
Monday, August 4, 2014 19:27
A big THANK YOU to Andrew Monkhouse and everyone else who contributed to making such a big success of the Sutton War Memorial Gathering. The occassion made me so proud to be a Suttoner.
Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Monday, August 4, 2014 22:17
Looking at the photos it must have been a moving ceremony - is it possible to have the poem that was used added to the website? And, Andrew's letter ? I know it is an imposition the ask, but this website provides such valuable information it would be good to have those too.
Andrew Monkhouse
Hanoi, Vietnam
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 07:19
Ditto, a massive thank you from me from afar. I have seen over 20 photos of Sunday's centennial ceremony and it all looks to have gone extremely well.

To everyone involved in Sunday's historical centennial commemoration of the outbreak of WW1 at the Sutton war memorial and the unveiling of the new name plaque, a massive thank you for helping to make this special day of remembrance one to remember for all concerned - attendees and all those involved in the meticulous preparation for this event, as well as those who took part in the ceremony itself.

A splendid effort all round :-)

Best regards, Andrew
David Laycock
Melbourne Australia
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 07:20
Hi all on that memorial ceremony.
Although we are far away, just seeing the photos and reading the comments brought tears to my eyes knowing my Dad could have been one of those names. He was lucky he only got wounded twice and came home.
Here in Melbourne services were conducted and today a gun was fired off Point Nepean commemorating the first shot of WW1 fired against the enemy ( A German merchant ship attempting to escape out of Port Phillip bay was stopped and captured).
Paul Wilkinson
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 07:57
The commemorative booklet distributed at the ceremony is now available for download.
Paul Wilkinson
Friday, August 22, 2014 14:50
Peter Whitaker has supplied a copy of a video of the Home Guard parade at the ceremony.

Lee Gant
Mother London
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 13:40
Andrew, I would like to echo what everyone else has dais in thanks to you for your brilliant work in memorial of fallen soldiers.

I wonder if you could help at all with my current quest which I am finding very difficult...

I am trying to locate a photograph of a Private Albert William Tune, service no. 4745. He was killed during the battle of The Somme on August 29th 1916. I have searched everywhere I think and I have come against a brick wall. Do you have any advice?

Yours hopefully,

Andrew Monkhouse
Hanoi, Vietnam
Monday, September 1, 2014 13:47
Hello Lee

Thanks for highlighting an ongoing issue regarding 'missing' photographs of the Fallen of Sutton-in-Craven from WW1. I have previously posted several requests for these missing photos on this website as well as other websites.

Luckily as a result, 3 missing photos (Stanley Archibald, Thomas Summerskill & Richard Whitehall) were located in the Keighley News archives. So as of now there remain only 7 photos outstanding from the original 40 names listed on the Sutton war memorial:


As you can see, one of them is Albert William Tune. I'm pretty sure that life-long Sutton resident Ian Park once mentioned that Pte Tune was a relative of his. I did ask Ian if he might have a photo of him, but I heard nothing back. HELLO MR PARK, R U THERE! (echo, echo!) WE NEED YOUR HELP BUDDY! No pressure OK!

Being the eternal optimist, I feel sure that somewhere, somehow these missing 7 photos will eventually emerge. I just don't know how long it will take, but they have to be out there somewhere - wouldn't you think!
Andrew Monkhouse
Hanoi, Vietnam
Monday, September 1, 2014 14:12
Hi Peter. Having had limited internet access of late, I confess I have only just seen the video of the Home Guard parade at the WW1 centennial ceremony on 3rd August. It is excellent, well done for taking such good footage of the event :-)

The still photos taken by Paul Wilkinson & others are equally as good and will serve as a permanent reminder of this historical ceremony at the Sutton war memorial marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914.

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