Lest We Forget Project Exhibition and Dedication Service to Private Charles Tidman

ww1-exhibition-2The Henley Lest We Forget project will be holding their full exhibition at Holy Trinity Church off Greys Road again this year, on Friday 6 November 2015 between 2.00 pm and 7.00pm : Saturday 7 November :10.00 am until 6.00 pm and Saturday 14 November between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm. It will also be open for schools to visits by prior arrangement Monday 9 November to Friday 13 November.

On Saturday 31 October in Henley Market Place the “Lest We Forget” project will be staging a small exhibition and update of their research into local WW1 soldiers in support of the Royal British Legion.

On Saturday 7 November at 3.00pm as part of the proceedings there will be a dedication service and Tidman. Charlesthe blessing of a stone, funded by the project, on the grave of Private Charles Edward Tidman in Holy Trinity Churchyard. He died on 27 September 1917 aged 28 from an illness after serving in the Royal Berkshire Regiment and was buried on Tuesday 2 October 1917 in the same grave as his younger brother James who had died in 1915 aged 16. James had served as a boy soldier in the Essex Regiment enlisting in Dover on 31 December 1912 aged 14. He served for two years until discharged in March 1914 as no longer physically fit, suffering from TB and died in February 1915 buried in Holy Trinity Churchyard on 8 February 1915. Members of their family will be travelling down from Edinburgh and other parts of the country to attend the service.

Following the service on 7 November there will be a reception to thank all of the people who have supported the project and sum up the achievements over the last two years as the Heritage Lottery supported part will be complete at the end of this year. The Lest We Forget Project will continue until at least 2019.

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