The contribution of Shiregreen’s fallen soldiers has been remembered through a poignant ceremony at the community cemetery’s war memorial.
Yesterday’s Remembrance Sunday service was founded in 2012 by local residents Nicolette Williams and Ann Fellows – supported by Sanctuary Housing and 231st Shiregreen Scout Group – to honour Shiregreen’s servicemen and women who served in the two World Wars and other conflicts.
The cause is close to both women’s hearts. Nicolette’s son, Senior Aircraftsman Christopher Bridge, was killed while serving in Afghanistan on 30 August 2007, while Ann’s son, Jamie Fellows, was also killed in action on 12 December 2008.
Nicolette and Ann came together with young people from the 231st Shiregreen Scouts and hundreds of people from the local community to pay their respects. The moving ceremony included a parade from the cemetery entrance to the war memorial, followed by a two minutes' silence at 11am, before the laying of wreaths.
Ann and Nicolette commented: “This ceremony will always hold a special place in our hearts. It’s very important to us to ensure no servicemen and women from Shiregreen are forgotten as the nation unites to honour all who have suffered or died in war.”
The two Shiregreen mothers worked with Sanctuary, South Yorkshire Police and other local businesses in 2012 to fund the cemetery’s war memorial in honour of Shiregreen’s brave sons and daughters, killed in action. The memorial was designed and erected by Sheffield-based stonemason Alexander Hanson.
Melanie King, Sanctuary Housing neighbourhood partnerships manager for Shiregreen, said: “We are honoured to work with Nicolette, Ann and the scouts on such an important service that allows our local residents to come together and remember the contributions of Shiregreen’s military personnel.”
The service was supported by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, which focusses on projects benefitting Sanctuary residents and communities.