Name is added to War Memorial
A new name has been added to Hethersett’s war memorial in the grounds of St Remigius Church.
Folkard was a sergeant serving with the Royal Norfolk Regiment (now the Royal
Anglian Regiment). He was killed
on September 1st, 1956, during the Cyprus Emergency, when a vehicle
in which he was travelling left the road and went down a ravine.
Folkard was buried in a cemetery in Nicosia, but up until now his name has not
been included on the Hethersett War Memorial although it has been read out at
a number of Remembrance services.
that has changed and he has his own spot on the memorial. He was remembered on
Sunday alongside those from the village who died in the two world wars. A list
of those fallen was read by St Remigius Church Reader Duncan Pigg who also led
the Remembrance Day service inside the church after the customary two
minutes’ silence had been observed outside.
wreath in memory of Sgt Folkard was laid by Lt Col Paul Garman who was a
colleague and a fellow sergeant at the time of Norman’s death. Also in
attendance for the special day was Major John Denny who was the company
sergeant major in 1956.
was a poignant day for Sgt Folkard’s sister Mrs Gay Payne who now lives at
Hingham. She was just 12 when her brother was killed at the age of 22.
am so pleased that his name has been added to the Memorial. It is a fitting
tribute,” she said. Sgt Folkard also has a brother who is currently living
remembrance service also co-incided with the unveiling of a memorial in Cyprus
to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the emergency.
were also laid at the Memorial by the chairman of Hethersett Parish Council,
Fred Watkins, and representatives from the Methodist Church, the Parish
Church, the Roman Catholics and a number of uniformed youth groups including
the Guides, Scouts, Brownies and Cubs.
Inside the church the Remembrance Day Sermon was preached by the Venerable Martin Gray, former Archdeacon of King’s Lynn. The prayers of intercession were led by Mrs Jackie Baker and the Act of Commitment was led by Mrs Vic Redington.
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