Downham woman features in roll of honour

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For the first time the name of a Downham woman who died while serving her country will be read out during Remembrance commemorations.

Evelyn Murrell joined the Royal Air Force in 1918 and served at RAF Marham but she was one of many victims of Spanish Flu while on active service.

Her story has only recently come to light and will be included within the town’s remembrance services.

Town mayor John Doyle said: “She died in 1918 while serving in the RAF so it is fantastic we are including her.”

A total of 30 organisations will be taking part in Sunday’s Remembrance Services. The parade, which will include personnel from RAF Marham, along with youngsters from the Scouts, Guides and Air Cadets, will muster in the town hall car park at 2.15pm.

They will then march to the war memorial at 2.30pm before attending a service at the town hall

On Tuesday, November 11, hundreds of schoolchildren will be gathering along with veterans in the Town Square at 11am for a two-minute silence.

This will be followed by a re-dedication of the war memorial.

Youngsters will be reading out the names of those listed on the war memorial and will be including Evelyn.