Remembrance Sunday events take place across Fareham

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SERVICEMEN and women who gave their lives for this country were remembered in services this morning.

Hundreds of Scouts marched through the streets of Fareham, accompanied by cadets, sailors from HMS Collingwood and veterans, plus many more, while residents came out in their droves to line the streets.

A moving service was held at Holy Trinity Church, before and after a special gathering at the war memorial at 11am.

The names of all those listed on the war memorial were read out before mayor of Fareham David Norris unveiled a newly-listed soldier.

Stephen Ware, from Southwick, was a private in the Hampshire Regiment 12th Battalion. He died aged 34 in the Balkans in April, 1917, and only now has his name been added to the memorial.

The service was led by Reverend Sally Davenport, from Holy Trinity Church.

She said: ‘This year we have been remembering those who fought in the First World War, a terrible conflict which drew in not only countries in Europe but most of the World.’

Assistant Curate Reverend Garry Roberts said: ‘Others have suffered for us, we must remember and be thankful. We have been given the gift of freedom, life and country by those who died for us.’

Those laying wreaths included HMS Collingwood Captain Steve Dainton, Fareham MP Mark Hoban, Inspector Kevin Cuffe of Hampshire Constabulary, Mike Homer from the Royal British Legion and Fareham Borough Council leader Sean Woodward.

Other services were held in Stubbington, where villagers gathered to pay their respects at the war memorial on Stubbington Green, and at Whiteley Shopping Centre, in Market Square, led by Whiteley Church.

A service was held at St Peter’s Church, in Bishop’s Waltham, and also at St Bartholomew’s Church, in Wickham.