Hilton Royal British Legion


The Everyman Remembered ceremony in the Parish church on Sunday 28th May was particularly special.


Our two Hilton men, Private Ernest James Cook, of the 9th Battalion East Surry Regiment and Private James Roslyn of the 23rd Battalion London Regiment were remembered by the members of St Ives and district Royal British Legion led by Mike Robinson.

During the tribute Mike gave a short address to explain both men’s military and family backgrounds together with details of the Battle of Aras in 1917 in which they were fighting at the time of their deaths. 

Not only was the battle so fiercely fought, but also in the most atrocious conditions of rain, sleet, snow and knee deep in mud, all so very different from the warm sunshine streaming into the church, that Sunday.

Also present at the service were representatives of Hilton, Guide, Brownie, Rainbows and, Fenstanton and Hilton Scout groups.

At a special point in the service Reverend David Busk dedicated the three new standards, for the Hilton Guides, Brownie and Rainbows.  The young standard bearers were: Union bearer - Rachel Walker, Guide bearer - Maisie Blackwell, Brownie bearer - Charlotte Payne, Rainbow bearer - Rose Warboys and Memorial bearers - Lily Blackwell & Abigail Capes.

Barry Pattison was the St Ives Royal British Legion Standard Bearer and in her first ceremony since her appointment Julie Briggs carried the Fenstanton and Hilton RBL Standard.

The next and final Everyman Remembered ceremony this year will be for Private Harry Jennings of the Suffolk Regiment, on Sunday 20th August, at the Parish church at 11.15am.  Harry was a 34 year old labourer and married to Ellen Louisa Jessie.  His name is recorded at the Thiepval Memorial which bears the names of 72,000 men and women with no known graves.

This will be the tenth tribute in Hilton since September 2014 for us to acknowledge the sacrifice of yet another man and their families 100 years ago. 

The next edition of Spectrum will be distributed for the beginning of September therefore after Harry’s tribute, but details will be available on the village website (Hilton Village Community website), on the church and three village notice boards and in the shop window.  All are welcome to join these services.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 13:43