We Will Remember Them

Stratford upon Avon Boat Club took time out of their training on Sunday morning to honour those who fell in the World Wars and other conflicts and observe a two minutes’ silence on Remembrance Sunday. The Club’s thoughts were led by the Club’s President, Paul Stanton

Wreaths were laid at the memorial in the Club grounds by the Club’s youngest member Freya Dawe and Peter Wyatt, the Club’s oldest member: seventy seven years separate their rowing experience! Peter was also one the Club’s 2012 Olympic Torch Relay runners together with the Club’s Camilla Hadland

All the crews and rowers came from their indoor training during a busy Remembrance Sunday to attend the act of remembrance. Said Abi Terry, Stratford Boat Club’s J15 coach, “The memorial is at the heart of the Club and our sporting life goes on around it: this was an opportunity to stop, reflect and remember those Stratford Boat Club members who had died so that we can live in peace and enjoy our sport.”

This year there was the added poignancy of marking of the eightieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. Amongst other members of the Club who died because of WW2, George Ball and John Dunlop Lambert had served in the Canadian armed forces: the Club was honoured to have visiting rower Dr Martyn Judson from London Rowing Club, Ontario lay a wreath at the Club’s memorial to commemorate the two members. Dr Judson also gave a short history of George Ball’s and John Dunlop Lambert’s life and achievements from extensive research by the Club’s Archivist and Adaptive Coach Mark Dewdney

For media coverage, please see Stratford Herald page twenty three and Stratford Observer picture mention https://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/remembering-those-who-served-15818

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