Service remembers First World War dead

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

 

Service remembers First World War dead

Rt Rev The Lord Bishop of Portsmouth, Christopher Foster presents his wife to HRH Princess Anne outside St Nicholas in Castro chapel at Carisbrooke Castle. Picture courtesy of Michael Dunkason).

THE Isle of Wight's First World War dead were remembered at a late-night vigil at Carisbrooke Castle, last night (Monday).

Descendants of those who died in the conflict joined HRH The Princess Royal, her husband Sir Timothy Laurence and Island dignitaries, in honouring the fallen at the St Nicholas in Castro chapel.

There were readings from the princess and Island Lord Lieutenant Maj Gen Martin White, at a service led by the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Christopher Foster.

Copies of St John's Gospel, as given to First World War soldiers, were given to those present and blessed by the bishop.

Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner, Isle of Wight Council chairman Cllr Ian Ward and High Sheriff Claire Locke were among those present.

More than 2,000 Islanders died in the war. Their names are inscribed in the chapel walls.

Among those to attend was photographer Michael Dunkason, who wore the medals of his late grandfather.

"It was a privilege to attend. It was a very, very special service," he said.

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