Bikers hold Remembrance service in Guyhirn to remember Private Frank Green, who lost his life in the First World War

PUBLISHED: 14:02 01 June 2015 | UPDATED: 17:42 02 June 2015

WW1 Remembrance Service - Guyhirn. Picture: MAJOR MARK KNIGHT MBE

WW1 Remembrance Service - Guyhirn. Picture: MAJOR MARK KNIGHT MBE

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Bikers came together to pay their respects to a fallen First World War soldier yesterday.

As part of the Cambs 876 Remembered commemorative project, Eastern Region members of the Riders Branch, The Royal British Legion, congregated at Guyhirn Chapel of Ease to hold a service of Remembrance for 18 year-old Private Frank Green, who died on May 31 1915.

After the service all were lead in possession to the grave of Private Frank Green.

A number of different organisations joined Richard Barnwell, deputy lieutenant of Cambridgeshire; Barry Britain, chairman of Wisbech St Mary Parish Council; and Councillor Garry Tibbs, deputy Mayor of Wisbech, to lay a poppy cross on his headstone.

The sound of Last Post and Reveille echoed across the cemetery as standards were lowered.

After the service all were invited to Guyhirn Village Hall for light refreshments and a chance to look at the research material on Private Green’s life prepared by the riders.

Glen Green, project leader, said: “We received tremendous support from many people and organisations at the service in Guyhirn. This is 55 out of the 876 soldiers from the Cambridgeshire Regiment killed in the First World War.”

Private Green was the son of John and Mary Green, of Thorney Toll, and brother of Mary Ann, Ellen, Rose, John Robert, Joseph, Elizabeth Ann and Thomas.

He worked as agricultural labourer for Mrs F Hurry of Thorney Fen and was enlisted in the Cambridgeshire Regiment but while undergoing training his father died. He returned home for the funeral but then afterwards returned to his unit in France.

Private Green sent his eighteenth birthday at the front line. He was wounded behind Hill 60, hit by shrapnel in his side, and was taken to a hospital in Manchester, where he died.

His body was brought back to Wryde Station and taken to The Roman Catholic Church in Thorney Toll for a service and later internment in Guyhirn churchyard.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (GWGC) records show 876 officers and soldiers of the Cambridgeshire Regiment, who were killed during the First World War, have memorials at home and abroad.

The intention of the riders is to honour all 876 - they will ride to every memorial on the 100th anniversary of the each individual’s passing a place a poppy cross there.

To find out more, visit www.cambs876remembered.com

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