A young sailor from Denby village was humbled to play his part at the UK’s Commemoration Service to mark the start of World War One.
Taking place at Glasgow Cathedral, followed by a wreath laying ceremony in George Square in the heart of the city, the service was attended by His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay, as The Prince of Wales is known in Scotland.
He was joined by leaders from across The Commonwealth, including Prime Minister David Cameron First Minister Alex Salmond and heads of government, as well as UK and Irish politicians.
Able Rate James Holden was selected to take part in the memorial as a wreath bearer at the Cenotaph in George Square, handing his wreath to the Labour Party leader Ed Milliband.
“I am proud to have been selected to take part at this ceremony in Glasgow,” said James.
“It is very important to me that I have been able to make even this small tribute in memory of all those who fought for our country, many losing their lives.”
Working as a seaman specialist, the 19-year-old former student of John Flamsteed Community School will join HMS Duncan later this month.
His diverse role will include everything from seamanship evolutions on board, anchoring, tactical communications on the bridge, launching sea boats, painting, taking the helm, lookout and replenishment at sea.
Joining the Royal Navy in July 2013, James’ posting to Duncan is his first job within the service.
James lives in Derby with his girlfriend Rebecca.
A free talk will be held today, Wednesday August 13 in Belper Library on ‘Belper in Wartime’ at 7pm, book through the library service on 01629 533192. Booking essential as seating is limited.
An exhibition on Belper during the First World War is also continuing at Strutt’s North Mill during August. Opening hours 11am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday.