A project created to ensure the sacrifice of the men from Isleworth who gave their lives in war is never forgotten was hailed a resounding success.

On a sunny morning yesterday (Sunday) hundreds gathered on the green in North Street before setting off on a march to the war memorial outside Our Lady of Sorrows and St Bridget Church, in South Street, led by the Pride of Murray Pipe Band.

In a touching tribute; every child from the schools involved - which were St Marys, Isleworth Town, The Blue School, The Green School, Gumley House Convent, Worple Primary and Isleworth and Syon - wore a sash with the name of a soldier on it taken directly from the monument.

When they arrived the numbers swelled to around 2,500 as Isleworth Councillor Linda Green - who helped organise everything - welcomed everyone and marked the official start for the service of Remembrance.

Following the usual prayers, hymns and traditional sounding of The Last Post followed by two minute silence, a number of wreaths were laid at the base of the memorial which has stood since June 1922.

The project was conceived to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and will now continue to run for the next four years as all those involved help research the names and the stories of the 390 and record them on a database.

Mike Derham, chairman of The Isleworth Society, hailed the project and said: "Two years of work have gone into preparing for today and what an absolutely wonderful day it has been.

"I doubt we will ever see a sight like this again."

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Cllr Green added: "We were all overwhelmed by the turnout and delighted and humbled to see how well this project has been received locally.

"Every child who took part gets to keep the badge they wore as well as a replica of the prayer book which was actually given to the soldiers before they went into battle.

"Isleworth did them and us proud today."

 

We also have some videos from the day which can be viewed here