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Unveiling - November 11 at 11am - ALL WELCOME

Boston's memorial to the borough's casualties of the First World War will be erected over the next few days, ready for its unveiling and dedication on Armistice Day, Tuesday, November 11.

The polished grey granite obelisk is now being engraved by stonemason Richard King. It will stand raised on two decks of polished grey granite in a position near the main war memorial in Boston's Memorial Gardens.

The memorial marking the centenary of the start of the First World War has been paid for entirely by public subscription - donations from the public, schools, businesses and councillors.


Donors will receive personal invitations to the unveiling and dedication. The council does not have contact details for some who made their donations online, but the event is open to all, and all are welcome to attend. The Armistice Day service will begin in Memorial Gardens at 10.45am and will be followed by the unveiling of the memorial by Boston Mayor, Cllr Alison Austin and the dedication by Boston Stump vicar of St Botolph's (The Stump), the Rev Canon Alyson Buxton.

Stonemason Mr King, of Richard King Memorials, Bridge Road Industrial Estate, Long Sutton, has generously waived his fee, charging only for materials. He said he wanted to make his contribution in honour of the memory of his great grandfather.

Sgt George Robert Richer, of Holbeach, served throughout the First World War with the 8th Lincolnshire Regiment, receiving the Military Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal, both with bar.

Going on public display will be a roll of honour of all who have contributed to the memorial appeal.

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Stonemason Richard King at work on the memorial engraving