Residents honour the fallen on Remembrance Sunday

11th November 2019

Residents and staff from across Care South’s care homes took part in events to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

People gathered to mark the two-minute silence in respect of those who have given their lives in conflict, while wreath-laying ceremonies were held, singers performed war-time songs and stories were shared.

At Elizabeth House care home in Poole, residents created a poppy display in the entrance to the home, with one residents saying: “It is good in the porch so all visitors to the home can see we all remember our country’s heroes.”

At Talbot View care home in Ensbury Park, Bournemouth, two men shared their memories of the war. Arthur Dashwood, aged 98, was awarded the Legion D’Honneur for his time in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Arthur, pictured left, proudly wore his medals during the commemorations, which were awarded for his efforts in France, Belgium and Germany during the Second World War.

 

“I’m very lucky to be alive”

 

Ron Grantham, who is 101, lived in heavily bombed Coventry. Ron, pictured right, said: “The bombs would start dropping from the planes at 7pm and wouldn’t finish until 7am the next morning.

“My family and I heard the bombs drop in our street one evening but luckily it missed our house. The fire warden came round the next day and said one bomb was missing, it turned out to be in the kitchen of the house opposite. My father sent me to inform my brother we were safe, but when I walked out the garage with my bike, the bomb exploded.

“I chucked my bike on the floor and rolled onto the floor. Within seconds, concrete came flying over my head and smashed through our garage. I’m very lucky to be alive.”

During the Second World War, Ron worked on the development of the Whitley Bomber and then the Lancaster. He also worked with missiles and was in charge of designing valves for bomber planes.

At Wickmeads care home near Christchurch, staff put on a coffee morning with Remembrance displays.