I was pleased to be able to attend last week’s service in St Mary’s Church in Braughing which was held in remembrance of a Braughing villager called Freddie Longman and those who both fought and lost their lives during the First World War.
Being the centenary year of the start of the First World War, this service was particularly poignant and was held ahead of the launch of a book called “Braughing at War: the last Post” written by Peter Boylan. The book charts the life of Freddie growing up in the village before he went off to War in 1914, where he sadly lost his life only two months after the War started.
I was joined at the service, which was very well attended, by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Jane Pitman and the High Sheriff Fergus McMullen. The service included hymns which were based on those sung at Freddie’s memorial service in 1914 and ribbons were used to signify those from the Village who had both served and died in the War. It was a very moving occasion and I am glad that I was invited to be part of the service to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. I also look forward to “Braughing at War” which I am sure will make for very interesting reading.