Stowmarket Memorial Clock

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On Sunday, 9th November, 2014, the Stowmarket Memorial Clock was officially unveiled and dedicated following a parade through the town of personnel from Wattisham Flying Station.

The clock, which serves as a memorial to all those who lost their lives in conflict, was designed, manufactured and installed by the Town Council.

During the parade Lord Stevenson, Deputy Lieutenant for Suffolk and Councillor Gerard Brewster, Town Mayor 2014/15 took the salute and following the parade a service was held at the Parish Church of St Peter and St Mary where a two minute silence was observed.

Following the church service, a service was held at the town’s Memorial Gates where the Town Mayor unveiled a bronze plaque which lists seven local men who were previously unknown to the town who lost their lives during the First World War. Research for the names was carried out by Mr Bob Bailey, a member of the Royal Air Force Association. A fly-past of two Apache helicopters from Wattisham Flying Station concluded the ceremony.

 

Spencer John Bent VC, MM

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At the base of the Memorial Clock lies a plaque to an extraordinary local man, Spencer John Bent who was awarded the Victoria Cross in November 1914 whilst on active duty in the First World War.

Spencer epitomises the definition of war hero, and he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his selfless acts of courage.

The plaque was unveiled by his grand-children, Caroline and Stephen on Sunday, 9th November, 2014.

For further details of Spencer John Bent please click here.