Burnley honours ‘forgotten’ First World War heroes

Former soldiers, veterans and cadets held a memorial service at the “forgotten” graves of Burnley First World War heroes.

Sixty ex-Servicemen and a platoon of Air Training Corps cadets gathered in a corner of Burnley Cemetery to honour the 13 fallen men who were buried there.

Remembrance service at the First World War graves in Burnley Cemetery.

Remembrance service at the First World War graves in Burnley Cemetery.

The graves had laid overgrown for a number of years until they were discovered and restored by

retired Redcap Ivor King and his comrades last year.

A poignant service was held at the graveside on Remembrance Sunday which included air cadets, former military policemen, members of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch.

The “Last Post” was played and silence was held to reflect on the lives of the men.

Former military policeman King, who also served in the Royal Artillery and was deployed in Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, Cyprus and Germany, was delighted with the turnout.

He said: “It was a lovely service. It was very poignant. When you hear the Last Post there was tears in people’s eyes for the friends they have lost.

“We hope there will be even more people there at the service next year.”

One of the graves belonged to military police officer Cpl Ernie Rogers who died in 1919 aged 19.

The grave had been desecrated but was restored by Ivor and fellow former Redcap John Woodcock along with PC Dave Pascoe and young Burnley air cadets.