ANZAC Day 2016 – Driffield Remembers

A service of remembrance to honour those Australian airmen who were stationed at Driffield during the Second Wold War took place at the Driffield Memorial Gardens.

Around 30 people attended the annual Anzac Day service on Monday which was led by Rev John McNaughton. Anzac Day, which is held on April 25 every year, commemorates the Gallipoli landings, which were the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces (known as ANZACs).

msh1617x014Wreaths were laid in memory of members of the 466 and 462 Squadrons of the Bomber Command who were stationed in Driffield during the Second World War by Mayor Cllr Matt Rogers and by relatives of Australian airmen who flew from RAF Driffield.

msh1617x041Pam Lofthouse laid a wreath in memory of her late father Tom Lofthouse who was a rear gunner in the 466 Squadron.

She said: “My father was very proud of his time in the Bomber Command and he made very strong friendships, who he stayed in contact with over many years.

“It is an honour for me to be able to come here to remember my father and his fellow members of the squadron.”

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David Pedley has attended the service for a number of years. He laid a wreath to honour his father Les Pedley, who served in the 466 Squadron.

He said: “I used to come to the service every year with my father and now he has passed away I am carrying on the tradition.”

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Stuart George Thomson also laid flowers in memory of his late wife Joan who served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF).

The Driffield Silver Band played hymns at the commemorative service which was attended by local dignitaries and members of the Royal Air Force, the Royal British Legion, and the Royal Naval Association.

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