Shortly before 11am, a large crowd gathered at Burnham’s War Memorial in the warm sunshine of Sunday 10th November, 2019, to pay tribute to Burnham’s fallen soldiers and those who suffered and died during military conflict and the world wars.

The Reverend Lionel Webber led the moving service, opening with the hymn, ‘O God, our help in Ages Past’. Karen Smiley from the Baptist Church then read The Lesson.

During the Act of Remembrance, the Chairman of the Royal British Legion read the famous verse from  Laurence Binyon’s ‘For the Fallen’:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


The Last Post was then played on the trumpet, followed by a minute’s silence before the Reveille sounded.

There followed The Laying of the Wreaths, and the National Anthem.

The townspeople were then invited to a reception in the Burnham Town Council Chamber.

The event followed the creation of a new memorial garden in Chapel Road, during the previous week.


[Photographs below © 2019 Nick Skeens]

The parade approaches the Memorial along Burnham’s High Street.

Maldon District Council Chairman, Councillor Bob Boyce with Burnham Town Mayor, Wendy Stamp. Mr Bryan Burrough, Her Majesty’s Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex is on the right.

Our Air Cadets – 2531 Detached Flight Air Training Corps, Burnham on Crouch. marching down the High Street.


The Reverend Lionel Webber leads the service, with Karen Smiley from the Baptist Church supporting.
Councillor Bob Boyce, MDC and Councillor Wendy Stamp, BTC

Representatives of the Royal British Legion

Essex County Councillor Ron Pratt

Representing Serving Members of the Armed Forces and Air Training Corps

Emergency services representatives

RNLI representatives pay their respects

Uniformed Youth Organisations – Scouts, Guides, Cubs and Brownies

Representatives of local schools – St Mary’s, Burnham Primary and Ormiston Rivers Academy

Representatives of local churches

Representatives of the local sailing community

Representatives of other local groups

The people of the town make their individual tributes


Local residents pay their respects after the ceremony. © 2019 Nick Skeens