Yesterday (15th November), a couple of our Millman Street Community Centre members journeyed to Westminster Abbey to lay crosses in honour of British and Commonwealth soldiers who fought in the First World War.
Lily’s son had been given a card by one of the volunteers you may have seen in the vicinity of various rail and tube stations, dressed as soldiers of WW1. Each card features the name of a soldier killed in action during the conflict. So Lily asked Ken to accompany her to the Abbey in order to lay a Remembrance Cross for George Ezra Fowler of the London Regiment, who died aged around 21, on July 1st, 1916 – the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Ken said: “All the little crosses lined up with rows of different regiments reminded me of soldiers going on Church Parade.”
Lily has been going to the Abbey to lay crosses for years. “I couldn’t do it alone [this year] because of my [fractured] arm,” she said. “So Ken volunteered to come with me, to mallet the cross into the ground.”
Two of Lily’s great uncles died during WW1, and she has been on a Battlefield Tour of the Somme. “I Hope to return one day,” she said.
Good on Lily for making the effort despite her injury, and Good on Ken for helping her with it.
Photo & Report: Notes Smudger