Burnley pays respects to wartime soldier

From left, Ray Hogan of Burnley and Pendle ex-services club; Coun Ida Carmichael; council chief Steve Rumbelow; Tom Forshaw, head of the council chief executive’s office; and Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley Coun Andy and Mrs Lorna Tatchell.

From left, Ray Hogan of Burnley and Pendle ex-services club; Coun Ida Carmichael; council chief Steve Rumbelow; Tom Forshaw, head of the council chief executive’s office; and Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley Coun Andy and Mrs Lorna Tatchell.

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A TEENAGE soldier who was killed a week before the end of the First World War has been remembered at a ceremony at Burnley Town Hall.

Corporal Alfred Bennett Smith was just 19 when he was fatally wounded by a German shell as he laid a telephone line to a forward position.

He died on November 4, 1918, on his way to hospital for treatment.

Alfred worked at the town hall, in King William Street, for the Burnley town clerk before signing up for the Army in 1915.

On Monday, the Mayor of Burnley, Coun Andy Tatchell, Burnley Council chief executive Steve Rumbelow, and representatives from ex-servicemen’s organisations met at the town hall to remember Alfred’s bravery.

A memorial to him was recorded on a banner as part of the wider commemoration of the centenary of the start of the conflict, which claimed the lives of more than 4,000 local people.

The information on the banner was provided by local historian Andrew Gill.

Coun Tatchell said: “Corporal Smith was one young man among many who bravely served their country during World War One. As the date the war started – August 4 – approaches, it’s important we all remember their sacrifice.”

Burnley will mark the anniversary of the start of the First World War with a parade event on Monday, at Towneley Park. At 9.45pm, a torchlight parade will make its way through the park to the cenotaph where there will be a short ceremony, culminating in two minutes silence in memory of those who lost their lives.

Anyone wanting to show their respects is invited to attend.

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9:30pm Thu 31 Jul 14

slants says...

i wonder if these parasites on the townsfolk claimed expenses .
i wonder if these parasites on the townsfolk claimed expenses . slants
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9:51am Fri 1 Aug 14

brierfield for ever says...

Isn't, Burnley Town Hall on Manchester Rd get it right LT or don't bother
Isn't, Burnley Town Hall on Manchester Rd get it right LT or don't bother brierfield for ever
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1:50pm Fri 1 Aug 14

andy1 says...

brierfield for ever wrote:
Isn't, Burnley Town Hall on Manchester Rd get it right LT or don't bother
The present one is not the old Town Hall.
[quote][p][bold]brierfield for ever[/bold] wrote: Isn't, Burnley Town Hall on Manchester Rd get it right LT or don't bother[/p][/quote]The present one is not the old Town Hall. andy1
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5:11pm Fri 1 Aug 14

brierfield for ever says...

Burnley Town Hall was opened 28 Febuary 1888 Manchester Rd!
Burnley Town Hall was opened 28 Febuary 1888 Manchester Rd! brierfield for ever
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6:01pm Fri 1 Aug 14

andy1 says...

brierfield for ever wrote:
Burnley Town Hall was opened 28 Febuary 1888 Manchester Rd!
Your right my Apologies. Not sure where King William Street was or what the report is on about.
[quote][p][bold]brierfield for ever[/bold] wrote: Burnley Town Hall was opened 28 Febuary 1888 Manchester Rd![/p][/quote]Your right my Apologies. Not sure where King William Street was or what the report is on about. andy1
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