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Remembrance November 2021

Remembrance November 2021

As many Parishioners will know, we are fortunate to have several tributes in our villages to those who served in two World Wars, as well as more recent conflicts. The lengthy work done by Peter Patilla and his team several years ago to document our "locals" who gave their lives in wartime culminated in a splendid display in the Glebe porch and a very good book. Since then, statues have been installed, one at the St Mary's Church War Memorial, another on Crich marketplace on the way to the Comrades' Club, and a third on the gate at the Black Swan.

These welcome tributes are, however, overwhelmingly male. When the Parish Council heard from the Royal British Legion (RBL) in late summer 2021 that a statue was available commemorating "Unknown Women in War", we had an immediate proposal to obtain one and another to site it on the Recreation Ground for this year's Remembrance season. This suggestion was passed unanimously.

So many women served in varying roles. Some nursed the wounded, others worked in civilian roles such as the Pay Corps or NAAFI. Some flew fighter planes and bombers from factories or repair sites to airfields ready for takeoff. Some joined the Women's Land Army to help with the food effort at home, others risked capture and death by working undercover abroad, or assisted with tasks like unencrypting Enigma at Bletchley Park. Much of the most dangerous work was done by women in munitions factories.

All these women were different, but the uniting factors were that they were just as dedicated to the war effort as the male soldiers and others, and that they gave unstintingly of their time, energies and in many cases money too.

The RBL "Unknown Women in War" statue is with us, and has been installed on the Recreation Ground for everyone to enjoy, pause and contemplate women's contributions for a while. Let us never forget the hard work and sacrifice of any of our "locals"; now at last we can include all those many women without whom so much would never have been possible.

Cllr Kate Smith

Photo - Council Chair, Cllr Paul Yorke

Posted: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 10:26 by Sam Teece

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