Weston memorial for 23 World War Two servicemen
PUBLISHED: 16:21 13 September 2018
A memorial service for 23 men who died in World War Two will be held in Weston-super-Mare this weekend.
The service will remember 23 men lost when a glider, travelling to Arnhem in the Netherlands, crashed in a meadow in Paulton.
The men were the first casualties of the Battle of Arnhem, a major offensive featured in Richard Attenborough’s film A Bridge Too Far.
They were all buried with honour at the cemetery in Milton Road.
Relatives have been traced for 14 of the men, and they continue to attend services to them every year.
This year’s service coincides with the 74th anniversary of the men’s deaths, but with the World War One centenary this year, it is expected to generate more interest.
The service will start on Sunday at 3pm, and will take place at the war graves section.
Tokens will be laid on each of the graves.