Teenage First World War soldier remembered in Guyhirn

A procession in Guyhirn
A procession in Guyhirn
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A teenage soldier who died during the First World War was remembered in a special ceremony.

Pte Frank Green, 18, is the latest soldier to be honoured in a Royal British Legion Riders Club’s project to remember the 876 members of the Cambridgeshire Regiment who died during the conflict.

Pte Green, son of Thorney Green couple, John and Mary, died on May 31, 1915, in a Manchester hospital after being wounded by shrapnel on the front line.

Pte Green, who enlisted into the regiment, was buried in Guyhirn Churchyard.

Standard bearers along with army and air cadets from March, formed a guard of honour as the riders arrived in the churchyard on May 31.

Canon Matthew Bradbury, assisted by the Rev Ryk Parkinson, conducted a short service in the Chapel, which included a reading on Pte Green by Brian Payne.

Poppy crosses were then laid by a number of organisations, including Wisbech St Mary Parish Council and Wisbech Town Council, on the headstone of Pte Green.

The sound of Last Post and Reveille echoed across the cemetery as standards were lowered.

Glen Green, the Riders Project leader said “ We received tremendous support from many people and organisations at the Service in Guyhirn. This is 55 out of the 876 soldiers from the Cambridgeshire Regiment killed in First World War.”

For more information on the project go to: www.cambs876remembered.com

PICTURE: MARK KNIGHT