Frecheville – Memorial Appeal
I have been a Frecheville Lad all my life, and having served in the RAF in the Second World War I was proud to have known many servicemen who returned from the onslaught of many battles and events between 1939 and 1945. It was an honour to have served along with them and many people from Frecheville at that time were rightly proud of the commitment they gave. Next year of course will see the 100th year of commemorations of the start of the War to End All Wars and in 2015 it will be 70 years since the end of the sequel to that event World War two. Every year at Armistice I have attended parades and the war time members are getting fewer and fewer.
Some of them of course did not return having paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Frecheville was no different and The People of Frecheville erected a small but meaningful monument to 19 young men who made the ultimate Sacrifice which is tucked away in the Frecheville Community Centre. Out of site to most but never the less erected with pride in order that they were not forgotten.
Sadly that small tribute to their bravery seems lost to those of us that still remember them, and I wonder if the people of Frecheville today know who they were, of the price they paid or the fact that there is a memorial. I would dearly love to erect another replacement monument outside the centre near the trees that still grow in their name leading to the centre.
I would love to make contact with the families of those 19 service men to let them know, they are not forgotten. When I have drummed up the support and the necessary permissions I would like to raise a small but perhaps more appropriate monument bearing their names at the back of the centre and overlooking Frecheville pond.
If you are a relative of these brave men shown below please get in touch with me and maybe when it is unveiled the families can be there to honour the promise made. Surmounted by a wreath, the monument reads:-
In Grateful and honoured memory of
The following men who gave their lives in the 2nd World War from the Frecheville Estate
J Ashford J C Harrold C Pratt
D H Beresford W A Harrison H Rastrick
R J Booker G R Hargate C A Sugden
L A Cook S Head G R Turner
P Cowlishaw R Knott E Vickers
C Haynes A E Letch S Watson A P Manning
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Contact Bill Carline on 0114 2397796
Anyone wishing to make a donation towards the cost of the memorial can contact Bill.