Kineton and Deddington pay tribute to those lost on The Somme

Gill Hawtin at Kineton's Somme memorial (picture by Graeme Bassett)
Gill Hawtin at Kineton's Somme memorial (picture by Graeme Bassett)

Kineton’s florist, Gill Hawtin, added a special contribution to the village’s First World War commemorations.

Gill Hawtin of Flower Thyme made a lily and foliage arrangement with a simple cross and candles which was placed on Kineton’s War Memorial to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

“The simple tribute conveyed so much about the sacrifice made by young men in 1916 that it was felt the day should not pass by without some village recognition of their devotion and courage in such horrendous times,” said villager Graeme Bassett.

A vigil held on the anniversary, Saturday at 6pm saw 50 people gathered around the memorial.

Mr Bassett welcomed everybody and thanked Miss Hawtin for the display. He gave a short reflection of that day on the Somme one hundred years ago and made particular reference to two names on the Kineton memorial. The two are also listed on the memorial at Thiepval, France.

As he blew a whistle the gathering stood quietly for a two minute silence for reflection. Prayers were said by David Gill.

Deddington held its own special memorial to the community’s dead on the Somme.

At 7.30am on Saturday - the exact time the band of village friends went ‘over the top’ - three blasts on a whistle were sounded at the War Memorial in Deddington.

“They were in memory of our seven men and the 19,240 who died on the Somme battlefield,” said Rob Forsyth.