Young and old pay poignant tributes to the fallen

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TEENAGE cadets rubbed shoulders with war veterans as Yorkshire cities, towns and villages paid their respects to the fallen in current and past conflicts.

Streets, supermarkets, parks and churches fell silent for two minutes on the stroke of 11am as the nation paid its respects to men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The wreath-laying ceremonies were especially poignant in towns which have borne heavy losses in fighting in Afghanistan.

In Huddersfield, cadets from the Army, Navy and Air Force bowed their heads as they remembered not only the dead from two world wars but also six young people who lost their lives in Afghanistan, all of them from the West Yorkshire town.

Among those remembered was Yorkshire Regiment Private Tom Wroe who, at 18, was among the youngest to be killed in the conflict, and Captain Lisa Head, 29, who died while trying to defuse a bomb, becoming only the second servicewoman to die in Afghanistan.

Crowds gathered at the war memorial at Huddersfield’s Greenhead Park to pay their respects.

In the centre of town, a photograph of another Yorkshire Regiment soldier, Private Anton Frampton, had been placed among the poppies in the Market Place.

Pte Frampton, who died alongside five colleagues in a Taliban bomb attack on March 6, has, like others killed recently, had his name added to the local war memorial alongside men who fell in two world wars.

On Friday a bench bearing his name was unveiled in an emotional ceremony at his former school, Royds Hall High, Huddersfield.

His mother, Margaret Charlesworth, attended the ceremony and earlier in the day also visited the war memorial in nearby Longwood which now bears her son’s name.

She said: “No parent should have to see their child’s name on a war memorial.”

Mrs Charlesworth added that she was proud and moved her son had been honoured in such a way.

Hundreds turned out to pay their respects in Hull, Sheffield and Leeds.

A crowd gathered at the war memorial at Paragon Square, Hull for the 11am service conducted by the Rev Neal Barnes, of Holy Trinity Church.

Veterans from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan were among those who attended.

In Leeds, an open-air service was held at Victoria Gardens, the site of the municipal war memorial.

In Skipton, hundreds lined the High Street as uniformed servicemen and civic dignitaries laid wreaths.

At the Cenotaph in London the Queen led the nation in honouring the fallen.

Other senior royals, including Second World War veteran the Duke of Edinburgh and current RAF pilot the Duke of Cambridge – with the Duchess watching 
from a balcony – joined the monarch and politicians, military leaders, veterans and serving personnel.

Big Ben struck to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and Whitehall observed a two-minute silence only punctuated by the hum of distant London traffic and birds.

In brilliant autumn sunshine, dignitaries laid wreaths at the Cenotaph before 10,000 veterans marched past to pay their respects to their departed comrades.

The crowds watching the service in central London could be the largest yet, the Royal British Legion said. The charity’s head of remembrance, Helen Hill, said that numbers were swollen as recent conflicts brought the realities of war home to a new generation and created “people who are aged 18-and-a-half who are veterans of recent conflicts”.

“Once again the British public has shown its support,” she said, adding that the number of veterans marching had increased by 3,000 in the last five years.

andrew.robinson1@ypn.co.uk