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Service remembers World War I friends in Downham Market

Remembrance Service at the War Memorial  A10 Bexwell.

Remembrance Service at the War Memorial A10 Bexwell.

Community leaders have gathered to remember two soldiers from the Downham area who died within a year of each other during World War I almost a century ago.

The town’s mayor, David Sharman, and his deputy John Doyle were among those who laid wreaths during the ceremony at Bexwell, close to the A10, last Wednesday.

The Grade II listed memorial, which was built in 1917, honours two friends from the Downham area who were killed during World War I.

Lionel Pratt from Ryston and Bexwell’s Charles Prangley died on the same day a year apart during the conflict.

The memorial, which stands close to the Downham bypass, was restored to its former glory two years ago by students Ellen Hurst and Fraser Davidson after they found the area around the site overgrown and covered with rubbish.

With the support of the town council, the Ryston estate and the Downham branch of the Royal British Legion, they cleaned the stone, repainted its lettering and cleared the area.

 

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