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Scouts and sailors were among hundreds who marched through the streets of Fareham, accompanied by cadets and veterans plus many more, while residents came out in their droves to line the streets.

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

09/11/14  weekend''A remembrance service was held at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham with the reading of names of those from the borough who had fallen in war.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143163-4) PPP-140911-181801003

09/11/14 weekend''A remembrance service was held at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham with the reading of names of those from the borough who had fallen in war.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143163-4) PPP-140911-181801003

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

09/11/14  weekend''A remembrance service was held at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham with the reading of names of those from the borough who had fallen in war. Vicki Hollins of the British Legion laid a wreath.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143163-2) PPP-140911-181710003

09/11/14 weekend''A remembrance service was held at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham with the reading of names of those from the borough who had fallen in war. Vicki Hollins of the British Legion laid a wreath.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143163-2) PPP-140911-181710003

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.’

Wreaths were laid by HMS Collingwood’s Captain Steve Dainton, Fareham MP Mark Hoban, Inspector Kevin Cuffe of Hampshire Constabulary, Mike Homer from the Royal British Legion, council leader Sean Woodward, and many more.

James Merritt, from Oxford, had come to Fareham especially for the service.

09/11/14  weekend''A remembrance service was held at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham with the reading of names of those from the borough who had fallen in war. Cadets Megan Fifield and Matthew Charter.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143163-3) PPP-140911-181733003

09/11/14 weekend''A remembrance service was held at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham with the reading of names of those from the borough who had fallen in war. Cadets Megan Fifield and Matthew Charter.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143163-3) PPP-140911-181733003

He had discovered that his great uncle William Merritt was listed on the war memorial.

Mr Merritt, 55, had been working in Fareham in the summer when he spotted the name on the memorial and did some family research, which made him realise they were related.

His uncle William Merritt was in the 4th Division 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment and died in October 2014.

Mr Merritt said: ‘The service was great. It is important that we remember them so that we can learn from the mistakes of the past and to remember the sacrifices made for us. We must not forget them.’

09/11/14  weekend''A remembrance service was held at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham with the reading of names of those from the borough who had fallen in war. Veteran Patrick Nobes reads some of the names.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143163-5) PPP-140911-181825003

09/11/14 weekend''A remembrance service was held at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham with the reading of names of those from the borough who had fallen in war. Veteran Patrick Nobes reads some of the names.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143163-5) PPP-140911-181825003

Also in the crowd was Derek Almond, of The Copse Fareham. He fought in conflicts in the Falklands, Iraq and Yugoslavia, and more, as part of his 50-year career in the Royal Navy as a Radio Electrical Artificer.

Mr Almond, 67, said: ‘I always come out to remember those who gave their lives for us, some of them were my mates. It should never be forgotten. We should always do this and I hope our children and grandchildren carry it on.’

Watching 17-year-old cadet Sam McSevich parade was proud mum Sarah, 49, dad Stephen, 50, and sister Katie, 14, all from Titchfield.

Mrs McSevich said: ‘This year it is particularly poignant because of the centenary of the First World War. My husband was in the Royal Navy for 25 years and my son wants to go into the Air Force, so there is that continuation.’

The service was one of the best attended to date, with around 300 Scouts from seven different groups taking part.

Peter Moody, the Scout’s county chairman Hampshire, said: ‘It is important for young people to know what has been going on in the wars.

09/11/14  weekend''A remembrance service was held at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham with the reading of names of those from the borough who had fallen in war. Little Harvey Young (five) took part.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143163-8) PPP-140911-181927003

09/11/14 weekend''A remembrance service was held at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham with the reading of names of those from the borough who had fallen in war. Little Harvey Young (five) took part.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143163-8) PPP-140911-181927003

‘We started taking part in this 10 years ago so that young people could get involved and it is amazing to see the response we get.

‘We expected around 20 or 30 to want to parade, but each year we get ten times that.’

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 at St Bartholomew’s Church, in Wickham, where wreaths were placed at the war memorial in the afternoon.

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09/11/14  weekend''A remembrance service was held at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham with the reading of names of those from the borough who had fallen in war.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143163-9) PPP-140911-181950003

09/11/14 weekend''A remembrance service was held at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham with the reading of names of those from the borough who had fallen in war.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143163-9) PPP-140911-181950003