Corby to pay respects to First World War heroes

Servicemen from Corby who lost their lives in the First World War will be individually commemorated as the council marks the 100th anniversary of their deaths
Servicemen from Corby who lost their lives in the First World War will be individually commemorated as the council marks the 100th anniversary of their deaths

Servicemen from Corby who lost their lives in the First World War will be individually commemorated as the council marks the 100th anniversary of their deaths.

Nearly 100 soldiers and sailors from Corby and the surrounding villages lost their lives in the Great War.

As part of the First World War centenary commemorations, Corby Council has been researching and compiling a Roll of Honour, which includes a list of local soldiers and sailors who lost their lives during the First World War. These servicemen each had local connections to Corby and the surrounding villages.

On the anniversary of each of their deaths, the council will fly the First World War Centenary flag in James Ashworth VC Square, outside Corby Cube, as a mark of respect.

An information sheet will also be available at the Corby Cube Helpdesk for people to view. It will have details about the serviceman, their role and some historical background.

This information will also be available on Corby Council’s website and will be shared through @CorbyBC on Twitter.

The first serviceman to be commemorated in this way will be Charles Ernest Cunnington, of Weldon, who served as a Petty Officer Stoker on the HMS Good Hope and died in battle on November 1, 1914, at the age of 32.

The Mayor of Corby, Cllr Anthony Dady, said: “One hundred years have passed since soldiers who were part of our local community left their families, joined their comrades in the line of fire and in some cases tragically did not return. We should all be very proud of their bravery and thankful for the part they played in fighting for our country.

“Raising the flag on the day they lost their lives in battle is our way of showing that Corby respects and honours our servicemen and women, past and present, for all the sacrifices they have made for us all.

“These heroes deserve for people to know their names and by sharing their information we hope everyone will have a chance to get a better understanding of who these men were and what they did for our country. Lest we forget.”

Cllr Dady is organising a tea event for the relatives of those who died in the First World War on Saturday, November 15, in the hall of St John the Baptist Church.

If you are a relative of somebody in Corby or its surrounding villages who died serving in the First World War and would like to attend, call Ruth on 07903 994318 or email afternoontea@email.com.