Unfortunately for me, I was too ill to make the journey, not a well man at present, but rest assured I will be back to find out more about what went on. From what I am told the spectacle of the cadets, boots shining, crowds gathered, and the battle standard of the fighting 5th must have been something to behold, and what a coup by Lawrence Robinson to get the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire up to the ceremony, well done Laurie, everyone knows what immense work you have put into the project.
People came from miles around and I may be misquoting here but upward of 300 people in presence.
More than everything, I feel, it was a chance for people to catch up, someone said that there were people there who they hadn't seen for FORTY YEARS! That is So well done to everyone who made this a special and fitting occasion.
Reaching out to the town, it must also be noted here of the sterling work Laurie has done in performing his lectures, very skilfully it must be added, to the children of ''Council School''.
''Mister Robinson'' as the little 'uns know him, has kept himself very busy in this and other respects, including his work for Barton Living Memorial Trust.
A lot has been said about the museum exhibition and this has been bought up at the 13th October ceremony. A lot of hard work was put in by everyone on this and you all know who you are, and I have the feeling that it will rise again. Either through embarrassment or political agenda/other the museum directors took it down, and without any real explanation. It is ours, the people of Barton, we made it, it belongs to us, as does the museum incidentally, a gift to the people of Barton; I digress-we will surely find a new home for it. All it needs is a roof over it's head!
If anyone with a business has space to house it please get in touch! Look up the contact details on the blog.
In the meantime I am pleased to publish the following photos, which were of the ceremony for the plaques with the names added to Barton Cenotaph in July 2014. Also some shots of the exhibition.
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The main wall of the exhibition with photos of the Barton men resplendent. The exhibition attracted hundreds of visitors and was put together with a lot of love and attention to detail.
The Army Chaplain for Lincolnshire giving the oration for the unveiling of the plaques in Baysgarth Museum
Some of the silk postcards postcards loaned by the people of Barton to Our Peoples Exhibition of The Great War.
Bartons unique Welcome Home Cards given to soldiers and sailors returning from Conflict, Home Service or general Foregin service suring the War to End All Wars.
The shell is a piece of trench art with the inscription From Fritz and Otto etched into it. An entrenching tool is there next to it.
German Coalscuttle helmet, shell noses wire pickets and entrenching tool shrapnel and vartious artifacts.
Crowds gathered and seated at the dedication ceremony
Mrs Marjorie Ball reading an oration at the Memorial Service
LAST POST courtesy of the Salvation Army
Lawrence Robinson reading his oration
The plaques that were installed into the Memorial last year. A result of 20 years research, and rightfully these names were added to the Barton Cenotaph.
Please if anyone has better photos than mine, which wouldn't take much doing, please forward them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org