Flag raised in Corby to mark Armed Forces Week

Representatives from the Royal British Legion joined Cllr Bob Eyles and Corby Council's corporate director Adrian Sibley in a flag raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day

Representatives from the Royal British Legion joined Cllr Bob Eyles and Corby Council's corporate director Adrian Sibley in a flag raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day

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Members of the Royal British Legion were joined by councillors to show their support for the work of the Armed Forces.

The Legion and Corby Council marked Armed Forces Week by raising the Armed Forces Flag in James Ashworth VC Square.

We hope this event provides a much valued morale boost for service personnel and their families

Cllr Bob Eyles

Cllr Bob Eyles said: “This is an annual national event to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, including serving personnel, their families, veterans and cadets.

“The Armed Forces’ key role is to defend the United Kingdom and its interests.

“They work around the world, often being away from their families for long periods of time, working under pressure and in often dangerous surroundings.

“We hope this event provides a much valued morale boost for service personnel and their families.”

As well as joining the nation in supporting Armed Forces Week, Corby, is also commemorating two local soldiers who died during the First World War this week.

Private John Martin Rogers died at the age of 24 on June 22, 1915, and was commemorated as part of yesterday’s event.

Frederick Mayes of the Royal Army Medical Corps will be commemorated on Friday, June 26, and is the 25th local soldier to be remembered in this way as part of the council’s First World War commemorations.

Frederick Mayes was born in Cottingham in 1883, his military records have not survived however it is know that he served as a Private (3170) in the Royal Army Mediacl Corps (14th Field Ambulance).

It is recorded that Frederick died of wounds in the Military Hospital, Le Havre on June 26, 1915, the circumstances surrounding his injuries are currently unknown.

Private Frederick Mayes is buried at the Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre.

More background on Private Mayes and information on all local soldiers can be found on the council’s website, www.corby.gov.uk, as part of the First World War commemorations.