This year's Remembrance Day events in Henfield, particularly significant as they mark the centenary of the end of The Great War, started with the Poppy Cross laying ceremony.

This began in St Peter's Church, where pupils from St. Peter's CofE Primary School read a short eulogy for each of the 11 servicemen actually buried in the church cemetery. The intensely personal stories of their lives and tragic deaths brought home the full horror of war for families and the local community.

After the service the 11 pupils walked with Parish Council members, school staff and other attendees to the Cemetery to "plant" their poppy crosses. Lieutenant Commander Digby Stephenson led the procession to the gravestones and saluted as the poppy crosses were placed.



The final cross was be laid at the Memorial Wall by Hazel Grant representing the Parish Council. Lt. Cdr Stephenson read a brief explanation about the fallen of Henfield who are buried elsewhere and Rev'd Doick said prayers to end the proceedings.

See our gallery for more pictures of the Poppy Cross ceremony and the Remembrance Day parade.