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First World War medals and other items to be displayed by Friends of Foster Hill Road cemetery

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The Friends of Foster Hill Road cemetery are holding an event to recognise the sacrifices made by Bedford residents during the First World War.

Medals, photographs, letters and other personal items of soldiers who served in the war will be on display in the Chapel Centre, from Sunday, July 27, from noon until 4pm and also on Thursday, July 31 from 4pm until 7pm and admission is free.

Rod Heard, chairman of the friends, said: “We hope the collection of photos, letters and mementos collected over many years helps to give an insight into the lives of some of those affected by the First World War.

“We are putting these items on display for a week at the chapel to offer people of all ages the opportunity to visit the chapel and view the items and recognise the sacrifices made by so many.”

Some of the items on display include:

Army Sapper Uniform circa 1920, two WW1 Nurses uniforms, two cabinets containing WW1 binoculars, telescopes, compasses and many other items

An officer’s sword.

Certificates marking WW1 events.

There will also be items from St Dunstan’s, WW1 Blind veterans association and items made by those victims of WW1 injuries.

There will also be posters of the day and paintings of images of the Home Front during WW1.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, who will be attending the launch of the exhibition added:

“It is fitting that these items will be on display in the Chapel at Foster Hill Road Cemetery. The friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery are to be congratulated for enabling this important event to take place and providing this opportunity for further reflection and remembrance of the sacrifices made by so many.

“The items which will be on display provide a fascinating look back into the lives of some of those who served so bravely during World War One.”

Foster Hill Road cemetery was first opened in June 1855 with the first Chapel built later. In 1955 a crematorium was added and a single chapel was provided on the west side.

The cemetery includes the graves of many who died during the First World War. A service to commemorate the First World War will take place at 2pm on Sunday, August 3, also organised by the Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery.

As part of this a Union Jack flag and a Royal British Legion poppy cross will be laid on each of the 142 graves of those who died during the Great War.

 

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