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Poignant tree planting and bell ringing to remember First World War victims from Great Ryburgh parish

08:38 03 November 2014

Descendants of John "Charles" Cremer. From left, John Cremer, Jackie Hudson, Alan Cremer, Jean Pilch, Brian Cremer. Picture: STEPHEN TIPLER

Descendants of John "Charles" Cremer. From left, John Cremer, Jackie Hudson, Alan Cremer, Jean Pilch, Brian Cremer. Picture: STEPHEN TIPLER

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A red oak was planted this weekend to commemorate victims of the First World War from a rural community.

John William Charles CremerJohn William Charles Cremer

The tree marked the start of a community memorial woodland on the Great Ryburgh playing field, part of the four-year Ryburgh Remembers community project which held its first event yesterday.

It aims to remember the 24 servicemen from Great Ryburgh, Little Ryburgh and Testerton who died in the Great War.

Steve Bushby, project co-ordinator and ex-RAF Flt Sgt, said: “It is important to commemorate any serviceman that has made the ultimate sacrifice.

“While the focus is on the First World War at the moment, it is also important to remember those who fought in other wars up to Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We owe our armed forces a great deal of thanks to make sure we can hold events like this.”

Each Ryburgh Remembers day will mark one serviceman from the Great Ryburgh war memorials and the inaugural event commemorated Saddler Sgt John (Charles) Cremer, who died on November 1 1914.

He lived in Little Ryburgh and served with the 47th Battery of the 44th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery in the Expeditionary Force.

The 45-year-old Sgt died in action in France and is also commemorated on the Menin Gate in Belgium.

About 40 people, including descendants of Sgt Cremer, attended a war exhibition at St Andrew’s Church in Great Ryburgh and shared historical stories.

A three-hour peal was rung by bell ringers from St Peter Mancroft Ringers, Norwich, to mark the centenary of the death of Sgt Cremer.

Mr Busby said there were some “moving moments” and it was “poignant” for the Cremer family.

Contact Mr Bushby on 07760 451755, email SBRVAG@aol.com or tweet @Ryburghaction.

Is your community marking 100 years since the start of the war? Email sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk

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