Petworth memorial for bomb victims

Family members join the service of remembrance..''Picture by Louise Adams C131346-3 Mid PetBoys

Family members join the service of remembrance..''Picture by Louise Adams C131346-3 Mid PetBoys

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PETWORTH held a time-honoured tradition last Friday (September 27).

Members of the community rallied round in the Horsham Road Cemetery for their annual memorial service.

Led by the Reverend Tim Wright of St Mary’s Church, the tribute pays homage to 28 children and the adults who were killed when bombs were dropped on Petworth on September 29, 1942.

Headmaster Charles Stevenson and assistant teacher Charlotte Marshall are buried alongside their pupils.

Head teacher of Petworth Primary School, Gillian Standing, said: “We get involved every year. The children who died were the same age as our pupils and it is important they are remembered.

“Our school ambassadors go along, and take it very seriously. We also have 28 little boys stitched onto our school banner, in memorial.”

Ambassadors Gaby Evans and Brandon Muggeridge laid a wreath at the service.

Also there to pay his respects was Tony Penfold, from Petworth, a survivor who had tried to flee the school. Tony ran straight into the path of the bomb that killed his two cousins, Peter and Ron Penfold.