H&F Community Marks Remembrance Day

With parades to War Memorials in Shepherd's Bush and Fulham

Ceremonies were held in our borough on Sunday November 13 to remember the sacrifices made by those who fought in the two world wars and every conflict since.

A two minute's silence was held at 11am, after separate parades in the north and south of the borough to mark Remembrance Sunday. The silence marks the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, during World War One, when the guns of Europe fell silent.

In Shepherd's Bush, the service was led by Father Richard Nesbitt, parish priest at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in White City, and Rev Simon Collington of St Simon’s Church.

It was preceded by a march – led by Cllr Mercy Umeh – from Sulgrave Road to the war memorial in Shepherds Bush Green. The service was followed by a march past along Shepherds Bush Road where the mayor took the salute from the procession.

You can see a gallery of pictures from the day here.

In Fulham, the procession started at Parsons Green, led by H&F’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Daryl Brown. The service was then led by Rev Penny Seabrook, associate vicar of All Saints Church in the church’s Vicarage Gardens.

It was followed by a march across the High Street to Fulham House where a saluting dais was erected.

You can see a gallery of pictures from the day here.

A remembrance service was also held at Fulham Cemetery last week, where Fulham FC team players joined local schoolchildren.

Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and striker Cauley Woodrow attended the service which was led by Fulham FC Chaplain Rev Gary Piper. It included presentations and poems on the Battle of the Somme read out by Year 6 pupils from Sir John Lillie Primary School. 

Marcus said: “It’s an opportunity for us to reflect and to show our gratitude and respect for everything our brave soldiers did for the freedom we enjoy, and sometimes take for granted, today.

“The children spoke and read out lovely poems and visiting the war graves is really moving. What we do compared to what they’ve done is nothing so it’s only right to say thank you and show our respects.”

The cemetery has 238 out of the 300,000 war graves and memorials across the UK maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


November 18, 2016