Memorial Boards in Borden
On Saturday, 23rd August 2014, one hundred people met in Borden Parish hall to attend the dedication of the recently installed Memorial Boards.
Borden Heritage Group members and Parish Councillors were joined by families and friends of those listed on the Memorial Boards, and were pleased to mark the completion of their project commemorating the service given in WW1 and WW2 by residents who served and returned to Borden. Also listed are the names of those who died and are not on the Memorial in the grounds of the church of Ss Peter and Paul Borden.
Funding for the boards was raised by public subscription at The Queens Jubilee Street Party, and grants from Borden Parish Council, Swale Borough Council and Kent County Council.
Following the dedication of the Memorial Boards by Fr. John Lewis, twelve year old Ben Aspin played The Last Post.
Certificates recording the help given by people in gathering the information were presented by Christopher Masters, Chairman of Borden Parish Council.
Keith Ferrin, M.B.E., thanked everyone who had been involved in the project, and said that Borden must be one of the few places where a project like this has been carried out.
During the interval guests were invited to look at displays recording memories, letters, photographs, certificates and medals. Also a Royal Marine uniform and a gas mask had been brought along to the event by some of the families represented.
A talk was then given by Keith Lainton entitled:
World War 1 it affected every family.