Four benches to commemorate World War 1 veterans unveiled

The unveiled bench, with Fred Leach, Richard Wesemeyer and Martin Lamb (front), and Councillor Christopher Hammond (back)

Today, at Southampton Old Cemetery, Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of Southampton City Council, unveiled one of four benches that have been placed around the city to commemorate the contribution that armed forces personnel made to World War 1. He was joined by Fred Leach from the British Army, Richard Wesemeyer from the Royal Air Force and Martin Lamb from the Royal Navy.

The other benches are located at the South Stoneham Garden of Remembrance at Stoneham Cemetery, Hollybrook Cemetery and on Lances Hill.

Speaking at the Old Cemetery, Councillor Hammond commented: "Southampton City Council is tremendously proud of those currently serving or have previously served in the armed forces for their country. These benches and Armed Forces Day on Sunday go some way towards showing our appreciation for the contribution that they have made and continue to make. We are looking forward to welcoming the public to a day of free activities in Guildhall Square from 10am to 6pm."

More information on Armed Forces Day can be found on the Visit Southampton website.