At 10:30 on Sunday 2nd November at St Andrew’s we will be holding a service of Remembrance for those from Box Hill who have fallen fighting for this country in two world wars.
This year we learned that to the six names currently on our war memorial one more name should be added. That of Private Leonard Arthur Morley who was killed at Beaucamps-Ligney in Northern France on October 18, 1914 at the age of 22 while serving in 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment.
Private Morley was one of 15 soldiers whose bodies were found in 2009 in a field close to the village of Beaucamps-Ligney.
Following painstaking detective work his body was identified in March of this year after his DNA was matched with that of surviving relatives. His remains were reburied with full military honours at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Bois-Grenier near Lille on Wednesday 22nd October, 2014 almost exactly 100 years after he fell fighting in the early stages of the war.
Why Morley who was born in Box Hill and then moved to London was serving in a north country regiment remains to be discovered.
In time we hope to add his name to those on the memorial which stands outside St Andrew’s church.