Remembering the fallen

REMEMBRANCE French college students attend a memorial service and lay poppies at the Second World War memorial at the Guildhall to remember the three Westlake Brothers from Canada.    Picture: Paul Jacobs (110534-2)
REMEMBRANCE French college students attend a memorial service and lay poppies at the Second World War memorial at the Guildhall to remember the three Westlake Brothers from Canada. Picture: Paul Jacobs (110534-2)
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PAPER hearts and stones from Normandy beaches were laid as people remembered the fallen heroes of the D-Day landings.

A group of French students travelled to Portsmouth to lead a poignant bilingual service by the cenotaph in Guildhall Square in Portsmouth.

The party travelled from Caen, Portsmouth’s twin city, to honour three brothers killed in 1944.

George, Albert and Tom Westlake were Canadians who left Portsmouth to fight at D-Day in 1944, and were all killed within a week.

The service included readings in both French and English, songs, and the national anthems of both countries.

Louise Purcell, organiser of Portsmouth’s Poppy Appeal, attended the 45-minute service along with local and French dignitaries.

She said: ‘It was poignant. They did the service in French and English which was good.

‘They have been doing it for a few years and it’s getting bigger every year.’