New name for Midhurst war memorial

Corporal David O'Connor's name is added to the War Memorial
Corporal David O'Connor's name is added to the War Memorial

THERE will be a new name on the war memorial when the Royal British Legion holds its annual service of Remembrance on Sunday (November 10) in Midhurst.

The Royal British Legion, Midhurst Town Trust and the town council have arranged for the name of Royal Marine Corporal David O’Connor to be added to the war memorial on Church Hill.

The plaque will be unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant for West Sussex, Susan Pyper, at the town’s Remembrance Day ceremony which starts at the war memorial on Sunday at 10.45am.

The Rev Jonathan Chaffey, deputy chaplain in chief to the RAF and honorary chaplain to the Queen, will also be at 
the ceremony to take part in the dedication.

Members of Corporal O’Connor’s family will be attending, together with representatives from 40 Commando Royal Marines.

The service will then commemorate those from Midhurst who died in two world wars and wreaths will be laid on behalf of organisations in the town.

The service will continue in the parish church where the sermon will be preached by the Rev Jonathan Chaffey.

There will be a Remembrance service in Woolbeding church at 3pm on Sunday (November 10).

And on Armistice Day, Monday, November 11, there will be a short act of Remembrance at 11am at Midhurst war memorial.

The Last Post and Reveille will be played on the trumpet at all three services – at Midhurst and Woolbeding on Sunday and again on Monday at Midhurst, by Alexander Watts, a pupil of Seaford College who lives in Midhurst.

At Petworth the Remembrance Day Parade will form at the Royal British Legion Club in Grove Street around 2.30pm and the parade will move off at 2.40pm to St Mary’s Church for the Remembrance Sunday service. which will be conducted by the Rev Tim Wright.

After the service, the laying of wreaths will take place at the war memorial.