Fallen soldiers commemorated

Hundreds of current and former members of the Mercian Regiment and their families will gather at the War Memorial, Crich next weekend for their annual pilgrimage to commemorate those who gave their lives in service to the country.

The Lord Lieutenants, High Sheriffs, mayors and civic dignitaries from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire will be among those present on Sunday July 7, from 3pm to pay their respects.

This year’s pilgrimage will be led by the Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier A P Williams OBE, and the Service of Commemoration will be conducted by the Assistant Bishop of Southwell, Rev Richard Inwood.

It is 90 years since the opening of the Memorial Tower, which was originally built to commemorate the 11,409 men of the Sherwood Foresters who were killed in the First World War. The memorial stands on a historic location used as a beacon site for centuries and was probably used to give warning of the Spanish Armada in 1588.