Surrey Heath pays tribute in Remembrance services


Monday, 12 November, 2018

Surrey Heath paid their respects to those involved in the First and Second World War, as well as more recent conflicts, during Remembrance Sunday services across the Borough on 11 November.


This year’s services had a special significance, marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.


The Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Dan Adams joined the morning service at St John the Baptist Church, Windlesham, before attending St Michael's Church, Camberley, together with Chief Executive Karen Whelan, for the 2pm service.


A parade including The Mayor, Lt Col Chris Boryer MBE of The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and Karen Whelan then travelled along the A30 London Road following the service.


Many local military and community groups also took part in the parade, after which wreaths were laid at the War Memorial outside the RMA entrance in Camberley.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Robin Perry attended The Square Shopping Centre in Camberley in the morning to mark the two minutes’ silence, and joined the service at St Lawrence’s Church, Chobham in the afternoon.

Honorary Alderman Alan Whittart attended the morning service at All Saints Church, Lightwater, followed by an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial.

The Remembrance Sunday services are organised by the Royal British Legion, with Surrey Heath Borough Council and the military working together to support the event.

Following the Camberley service, the Mayor and Mayoress of Surrey Heath travelled to Northern France, to lay a wreath on the grave of a Surrey Heath soldier.

To mark the centenary since the end of WWI, Cllr Dan Adams laid a wreath at the grave of Herbert Benjamin Daborn from Chobham, who is buried at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery near Bethune.

Cllr Adams was joined at the wreath-laying ceremony by the Mayor of Lapugnoy, Alain Delannoy, who presented Cllr Adams with the Medal of Honour of the City of Lapugnoy to commemorate the visit.

Private Daborn, 23, died from wounds sustained in battle on 25 September 1915.

A list of Surrey Heath residents who lost their lives during the First World War was provided by Surrey Heath Museum, and Pte Daborn’s name chosen at random to represent all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Cllr Adams said: “The Remembrance events this year have a special significance, marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

“I wanted to do something meaningful to mark this, and felt that making the journey to France to pay my respects at the grave of one of Surrey Heath’s fallen sons would be a fitting gesture.

“Pte Daborn’s individual story is a personal one, but representative of the thousands who gave their lives in the Great War. 

“I hope my actions, however small in comparison, will help commemorate this.

"I would also like to express my thanks to the Surrey Heath Museum staff and volunteers, without whose extensive research this trip would not have been possible.”

The Mayor traced some of Pte Daborn’s surviving relatives via Facebook, and met with them in Chobham ahead of his trip. The Daborn family expressed their gratitude that the Mayor was to mark their ancestor’s sacrifice, and that of all Surrey Heath’s fallen soldiers, through this poignant visit.

To mark this year’s Remembrance, two ‘There But Not There’ soldier silhouettes were also installed either side of the entrance to St Michael’s Church, Camberley

The silhouettes will be relocated permanently to the clear glass panels inside the church’s front door entrance, adjacent to the St George’s Memorial stones. 

These SHBC-funded silhouettes are in addition to those the Council installed over the summer outside the entrance to the RMAS on the A30.

‘The Battle of the First World War’ exhibition is also currently being held at Surrey Heath Museum and Gallery in The Sqaure, Camberley.

Working with the War Studies Department of RMA Sandhurst, the exhibition features each of the battles of the war, the background, how they unfolded and the impact locally. Objects and archives from the museum’s collection are on display until 22 December.

A beautiful display of poppies was also installed at The Square Shopping Centre in Camberley to mark Remembrance Day this year.

Photo credit: Andrea Taylor