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The Great War 100 years on Boston remembers

Boston will pay homage to all casualties of wars at the annual Remembrance Day service in Memorial Gardens on Sunday, November 11; this year with special reference to the First World War on the occasion of the centenary of the end of the great conflict.

The First World War Memorial, just behind the main war memorial in Memorial Gardens, has been freshly engraved to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.

One face was engraved when it was erected four years ago to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, with the reverse face left deliberately blank until now.

Boston Borough Council launched an appeal for the memorial and it was paid for entirely by public subscription - donations from the public, schools, businesses and councillors.

Stonemason Richard King, of Richard King Memorials, Bridge Road Industrial Estate, Long Sutton, waived his fee, charging only for materials and cut, installed and engraved the memorial for free. He said he wanted to make his contribution in honour of the memory of his great grandfather.

Sgt George Robert Richer, of Holbeach, served throughout the First World War with the 8th Lincolnshire Regiment, receiving the Military Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal, both with bar.

The polished grey granite obelisk has been engraved, at the suggestion of the Boston branch of the Royal British Legion, with the famous words from John McCrae's poem "In Flanders fields".

All are welcome to attend the Remembrance Day service and memorial rededication in Memorial Gardens, starting at 10.45am on Sunday, November 11. The service will be conducted by Bishop Nicholas of Grantham and the Rev Alyson Buxton, from Boston Stump.

The Mayor of Boston, Cllr Judith Skinner, will lay a poppy cross at the First World War Memorial.

After the service in Memorial Gardens community remembrance will continue in the Stump.

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Richard King at work on the First World War Centenary Memorial in his workshop in 2014 and one of his team on site in 2018

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The newly-engraved reverse side of the memorial in Memorial Gardens

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Part of the new engraving

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The Flanders fields engraving to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War

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The front view of the memorial with the engraving from 2014