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Lest we forget...

HUNDREDS of people have gathered for Remembrance services across the area to commemorate the thousands of British lives lost in war.

Silence fell across the Portsmouth area at 11am as people remembered those who have given their lives in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

This year Remembrance Sunday falls on Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of the hostilities in the First World War at 11am in 1918.

Wreaths of remembrance poppies were laid at war memorials in Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham, Gosport, Hayling Island, Emsworth, Lee-on-Solent, and Waterlooville.

Remembrance Sunday pays respect to the 886,342 British lives lost in the First World War and 383,667 lives lost during the Second World War.

More than 3,500 men and women have lost their lives in defence of their country since 1945, including 437 in the conflict in Afghanistan.

The names of loved ones who lost their lives were read out at Holy Trinity Church, West Street, Fareham.

Seán Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: ‘It is an honour to pay tribute to the members of the armed forces who paid the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for our country and to read their names out is a fitting way to pay that tribute.’

In Havant, a single candle was lit at St Faith’s Church in memory of the fallen and particularly Corporal David O’Connor.

The 27-year-old Royal Marine, of West Street, who served in 40 Commando, died last month while on patrol in Afghanistan and his funeral will be held at the church this Thursday.

Reverend Canon Peter Jones, Rector of St Faith’s Church, said: ‘We shall light a single candle solemnly and respectfully in solidarity with David’s family who mourn his loss, indeed for the whole of our community who feel that pain.’

 

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