Poppy memorials for Wisbech war veterans courtesy of Cambridgehsire riders

Cambs 876 Remembered

Cambs 876 Remembered - Credit: Archant

A team of motorcyclists are making their way around the graves of first world war soldiers to lay a poppy at each one.

The Riders Branch of the Royal British Legion, as part of the Cambridgeshire 876 Remembered project, is planning to visit all of the county’s regiment personnel who died in the great war.

They will be visiting the Wisbech Mount Pleasant cemetery graves this year to honour the five soldiers laid to rest - Privates Charles Sebar, David Arthur Walker, Percy Kitchen, George Cook and William Clarke.

The first task is researching each soldier and sharing their findings with an RBL project called Every Man Remembered.

The riders will then bike to each and every memorial on the 100th anniversary of each individual’s passing and place a poppy cross at their memorial.

Cllrs Michael and Virginia Bucknor said “As the local Wisbech ward councillors, we have been asked to help in the arrangements which we believe will be a memorable occasion to remember and acknowledge those Wisbech men that fell in The Great War.

“On May 23 it is anticipated that possibly 200 people, many of them Riders and veterans from the services, will be attending as well as Cambridgeshire dignitaries and Wisbech residents. The Riders will have already visited Wisbech graves in France and Belgium earlier that month.”

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Glenn Green, organiser, said: “When I retired from the army after 30 years service, I had no serious physical or psychological injuries which is as unusual today as it was 100 years ago.

“This is what motivates me to support the living and honour the deceased who were not as fortunate.”

Commonwealth War Graves Commission records show that 876 officers and soldiers of the Cambridgeshire Regiment, who were killed during WW1, have memorials in 208 cemeteries in the UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Tanzania.