Surrey Heath to pay tribute in Remembrance services

Date: 

Monday, 5 November, 2018

Surrey Heath will pay their respects to those involved in the First and Second World War, as well as more recent conflicts, during Remembrance Sunday services across the Borough on 11 November.

This year’s services have a special significance, marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Dan Adams will join the morning service at St John the Baptist Church, Windlesham, before attending St Michael's Church, Camberley, together with Chief Executive Karen Whelan, for the 2pm service. 

A parade including The Mayor, Lt Col Chris Boryer MBE of The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove, and Karen Whelan will then travel along the A30 London Road following the service.

Many local military and community groups will also take part in the parade, after which wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial outside the RMA entrance in Camberley.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Robin Perry will attend The Square Shopping Centre in Camberley in the morning to mark the two minutes’ silence, and join the service at St Lawrence’s Church, Chobham in the afternoon.

Honorary Alderman Alan Whittart will attend the morning service at All Saints Church, Lightwater, followed by an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial.

The Remembrance Sunday services are organised by the Royal British Legion, with Surrey Heath Borough Council and the military working together to support the event.

Following the Camberley service, the Mayor and Mayoress of Surrey Heath will travel to Northern France, to lay a wreath on the grave of a Surrey Heath soldier.

To mark the centenary since the end of WWI, Cllr Dan Adams will lay a wreath at the grave of Herbert Benjamin Daborn from Chobham, who is buried at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery near Bethune.

Private Daborn, 23, died from wounds sustained in battle on 25 September 1915.

A list of Surrey Heath residents who lost their lives during the First World War was provided by Surrey Heath Museum, and Pte Daborn’s name chosen at random to represent all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

The Mayor met with some of Pte Daborn’s surviving relatives in Chobham ahead of his trip. The family expressed their gratitude that the Mayor was to mark their ancestor’s sacrifice, and that of all Surrey Heath’s fallen soldiers, through this poignant visit.

To mark this year’s Remembrance, two ‘There But Not There’ soldier silhouettes have also been installed either side of the entrance to St Michael’s Church, Camberley

Following Remembrance Day, the silhouettes will be relocated permanently to the clear glass panels inside the church’s front door entrance, adjacent to the St George’s Memorial stones. 

These SHBC-funded silhouettes are in addition to those the Council installed over the summer outside the entrance to the RMAS on the A30.

A beautiful display of poppies has also been installed at The Square Shopping Centre in Camberley to mark Remembrance Day this year.