Wreath laid in remembrance

A wreath was laid in Shire Hall today in remembrance of Somerset County Council officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War.

This morning Leader of Somerset County Council, Cllr David Fothergill, was joined by Somerset County Council Director, Trudi Grant, and Chairman Cllr William Wallace to lay a wreath in remembrance of 33 Somerset County Council employees who gave their lives for the freedom of others.

Cllr Fothergill said: “I am proud and honoured to lay a wreath at the Somerset County Council war memorial and pay respect to those of our employees who heeded the call to serve their country, and in doing so made the ultimate sacrifice.

“The memorial in Shire Hall highlights some of the 33 men who are recognised: George Radford, an Assistant Teacher who was awarded the Military Medal; John Bellamy from the Taxation Office; Harry Bonsor, a surveyor in the Council’s estate department; Arthur Bacon, a Clerk and Norman Reynolds a local School Teacher, to name just a few.

“At this time of year when we are encouraged to reflect on personal sacrifice, it is right that we should recognise and honour the significant role-played by our past colleagues from the County Council. Lest we forget.”