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Hilton war heroes given a lasting honour

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 30, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A POIGNANT tribute to every soldier from a South Derbyshire village who died fighting for their country is set to be unveiled.

Every soldier from Hilton who died in the First World War and in conflict since will be forever immortalised in a memorial woodland in the village.

Each will be honoured with a special plaque next to a tree, with the garden to be unveiled for the first time during a ceremony to mark the commemoration of the First World War at 11am on Monday.

Steve Cooper, chairman of Hilton Parish Council, said: "On behalf of the council I would like to thank all those who have contributed to this event with goods and in kind to establish a lasting legacy at the heart of Hilton."

David Coleman, the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire William Tucker and Bernard Page, the chairman of the Derbyshire Royal British Legion, will be joining with the relatives of the fallen, clergy and people from the village to mark the occasion next week.

A plaque on a boulder in the centre of the meadow will be unveiled by a serving soldier from the Second Mercian Regiment, Private Callum Bowley, of Hilton.

Relatives of soldiers who died will lay crosses next to the trees and plaques dedicated in their memory.

All this will take place to the accompaniment of the East Midlands Ambulance Service sirens, a barbershop ladies' group and drummers and a bugler from the Mercian Volunteer Regiment.

Weather permitting, there will also be a flypast by a 1940 De Havilland 'Tiger Moth'.

The research that helped create the memorial will be on display in an exhibition at Hilton Village Hall from 10.30am to 4pm on Sunday and from 12.30pm to 4pm on Monday.

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