Clare Town Council lays a wreath at the War Memorial on the 100th anniversary of each of the 32 fallen in the First World War. This brief ceremony is attended by town councillors. A half-muffled peal of bells at St Peter & St Paul Parish Church is rung at 6pm on each day.
The ceremony takes place at 11 am, except on Sundays when it is at 10 am. A notice is placed on the noticeboard in Pashlers Alley so that relatives and others can attend: the current one may be viewed here. The next two are in the same week on Monday 9th October, Herbert French and on Thursday 12th October, Donald Buck.
A brief outline of each man’s biography is told; a wreath is laid and a farewell spoken (an extract from Laurence Binyon’s poem, For the Fallen):
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
A list of each of the fallen may be found here; this list was researched by the late Alison Krohn. Extended details of the fallen may be found on the Undying Memory website, with photographs, documents & records: the site covers a wide area around Haverhill, Newmarket and Suffolk Breckland. Records of individuals from the Stour Valley Benefice (Clare, Stoke-by-Clare, Wixoe, Hundon, Poslingford and Cavendish) may be found here.
The War Memorial is listed Grade II, No 1436461 by Historic England.
The names of the first man and the last man to die in WWI are commemorated in the names of the two new roadways within the newly built estate off the Stoke Road, Pask Way and Maxim Lane. A plaque will be erected on the mound where a medieval brick kiln was excavated and covered over: it will refer to these two fallen.
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