Sheringham & District Branch, The Royal British Legion - War Memorial
Sheringham has a thriving branch of the Royal British Legion and annually, Sheringham hosts one of the largest Remembrance Day Parades. It is a true community event, which reflects the backbone of the town and contingents from the youngest Beavers and Brownies through to the Oldest War Veterans, Coastguard, Lifeboatmen, ACF, Sea Scouts all take part in the parade and more attend each year.
We form up at Cremer Street and march off at around 10.30am, parading up Co-operative street, left onto the High street, on to Church Street, turning right at St Peter's Church and up to the War Memorial. Some years ago we reinstated the tradition of reading the names on the War Memorial during the service. Normally this is done by the younger members of our community, Brownies, Scouts or Cadets. This makes them realise that they are an important part of the future of the Royal British Legion which is essential for the future.
The ceremony at the War Memorial is followed by a service at St Peter's Church.
We are very lucky in Sheringham to have a beautiful War Memorial, the upkeep of which is shared with the local council. Here are just a few photographs of our memorial.
The Memorial Cross to the men and women of Sheringham and Beeston Regis who lost their lives during the wars, was unveiled on 1st January 1921.
The Memorial is the work of Herbert Palmer, it is 26 feet high and made of Clipsham Stone in the style of Queen Eleanor.
In 2000 the damaged memorial was repaired and a new fence erected, designed and made by local craftsmen. It is backed by well maintained gardens and is one of the most pleasant in Britain. Situated in the centre reservation of a roundabout on a peaceful road leading to the sea, the war memorial and gardens provide a peaceful haven to sit and reflect.
The people whose names are listed on the War Memorial are detailed below. Do you know any of them? Can you tell us a little bit about them? We would love to be able to put some information on site and maybe photographs to ensure that these good people are not merely names, but bring them to life as the real people that they were. If you can help us, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you. If the name is underlined, click on it and details of that person will appear.
Frederick J Applegate
Arthur C Bird - Memorial in St Peter's Church
A C Bumfrey Lee
Charles B Bensley
If you have any information or photographs for anyone on the above list, I would be delighted if you would allow us to put them on this site.