First World War memorial to be unveiled

Stonemason Richard King working on the memorial
Stonemason Richard King working on the memorial

Boston’s memorial to the First World War is nearing completion ready to be installed in time for Armstice Day on Tuesday.

The polished granite obelisk is being engraved by stonemason Richard King and will stand raised on two decks in a position near the main war memorial in Wide Bargate.

The memorial marking the centenary of the start of the war has been paid for entirely by donations from the public, schools, businesses and councillors. All donors will receive personal invitations. The council does not have contact details for some who made their donations online, but the event is open to all, and all are welcome to attend. The Armistice Day service will begin in Memorial Gardens at 10.45am and will be followed by the unveiling of the memorial by Boston Mayor Coun Alison Austin and the dedication by the vicar of St Botolph’s Church (Boston Stump), the Rev Canon Alyson Buxton.

Stonemason Mr King, of Richard King Memorials, Bridge Road Industrial Estate, Long Sutton, has generously waived his fee, charging only for materials.

He said he wanted to make his contribution in honour of the memory of his great grandfather.

Sgt George Robert Richer, of Holbeach, served throughout the First World War with the 8th Lincolnshire Regiment, receiving the Military Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal, both with bar.

The latest donation has just come in from Boston Beaver Scouts. The 3rds (Fishtoft) and 7ths (Swineshead) raised the money with a sponsored hike. Around 42 children aged from six-eight walked with backpacks on with leaders Carl Gibson and Diane Graves.

For the past five years they have held similar sponsored events to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

Going on public display will be a roll of honour of all who have contributed to the memorial appeal.