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Paying respect to our fallen heroes

World War II veteran Fred Adamson, 93, of Conisbrough, pictured during the Remembrance Day service in Doncaster.

World War II veteran Fred Adamson, 93, of Conisbrough, pictured during the Remembrance Day service in Doncaster.

DEARNE Valley residents gathered at war memorials across the area in silent tribute on Sunday to honour servicemen and women killed in conflict.

Members of the public stood shoulder to shoulder with civic leaders, cadets, serving soldiers and veterans for two minutes silence at 11am to mark Armistice Day.

Father David Wise, who led a service at the war memorial in Mexborough, said: “It is extremely important to honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country on Remembrance Day. The service was very well attended and it was nice to see so many people turn out to pay their respects.”

As many as 500 people are estimated to have gathered in Mexborough, while scores of residents also paid their respects at other Dearne memorials, including Swinton, Conisbrough and Wombwell.

Services in the town centres of Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham also attracted large crowds.

One World War II veteran, Conisbrough man Fred Adamson, 93, joined Elected Mayor Peter Davies and other civic leaders at the memorial in Doncaster.

Mr Adamson served in the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and fought in Normandy, Holland, Belgium and Germany.

He has made numerous visits to the former battlefields and in 1986 placed a poppy at the grave of fellow Conisbrough Pte Ronnie McGrath, one of the youngest casualties at age 17.

Mr Adamson’s grandson Philip Knight said: “The service was very moving, and gets more and more moving each year, probably due to fact that there are less and less of the WW2 veterans, which is very sad.”

 

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