Brandon remembers all its fallen

Brandon Remembrance Sunday Bob Farthing and Brenda Bentley come annually to lay a wreath for Korean war victim Fusalier John Snare who was his friend and her brother

Brandon Remembrance Sunday Bob Farthing and Brenda Bentley come annually to lay a wreath for Korean war victim Fusalier John Snare who was his friend and her brother

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WHEN Brenda Bentley’s and Bob Farthing’s wreath was laid at Brandon War Memorial it went right next to a special name stone.

The stone, added to the base of the memorial, bears one name, that of Fusilier John Snare, the only Brandon man killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.

John, known as Alli to his friends, was Brenda’s brother and Bob’s best friend. They were born and bred in Brandon and though Bob was in a different regiment, both men served in Korea.

John did not return and since then Brenda and Bob have laid a wreath beside his name every Remembrance Sunday as the town remembers John and its 65 fallen of World War One and 23 of World War Two.

What does the ceremony mean to them? “A lot, doesn’t it , Bob,” Brenda says.

Bob adds: “He was a good school friend and mate, we got into a lot of scrapes together.”

It was an earlier war in Asia that Claude Sutterly remembered when he laid the Royal British Legion wreath. He served with the RAF in Burma and was at Imphal where in 1944 the RAF carried on bombing besieging Japanese forces and supporting the allies in the battle of Kohima. Speaking as the parade prepared to move off he said: “This means everything to me. All the people who gave their lives and were with me, they’re still in Burma. Just to take Kohima, hundreds died.”

More pictures of Brandon’s Remembrance Sunday ceremony, and of those around West Suffolk, are on pages 10 and 11.