Remembrance Day: Grenadier Guardsman lays wreath at Louth war memorial to honour comrades killed in Afghanistan
GRENADIER Guardsman Reuben Elliott laid a wreath at Louth War Memorial in honour of his fellow Guards who have been killed in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Elliott, 20, followed the Mayor of Louth Councillor Jill Makinson-Sanders, who also laid a wreath on behalf of Louth town council at The Remembrance Sunday service.
The Guardsman said: "I was thinking of the five Guards who have not returned home with the battalion after being killed in action."
The former Monks' Dyke Technology College pupil was recruited into the army by the late Sergeant Matthew Telford at Grimsby, the year before he was killed in November 2009, alongside fellow Guardsman Jimmy Major, by a rogue Afghan policeman. Reuben said: "We are remembering all of them today and their families."
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He returned to Louth in June for the arrival of baby Rubi, he and his partner Sophie Wilkinson's first child, who proudly watched Rueben lay the wreath.
He was also watched by his mother Sarah, grandparents Pam and Steve Elliott and step-dad Ken Parsons.
Sarah helps with the True Heroes troops charity, which will be raising money with a collection at Morrison's Laceby superstore on December 19. The service at Louth was led by The Bishop of Grimby, Rt Reverend David Rossdale, who is retiring at the end of this year. He said it was important to remember all those killed in wars – particularly the First and Second World Wars – and those killed and injured in conflicts which had beset humankind in recent years.
He said: "We give thanks to those who gave their lives in the service of this country."
He also prayed for the safe return of all those serving overseas. Councillor Gus Robertson read the poem For The Fallen, after several wreaths were laid by representatives of a number of organisations and youth groups, including The Royal BrItish Legion, The RAF Association, The Royal Navy, The Fleet Air Arm, The Merchant Navy, Lincolnshire Police and the Fellowship Of The Services.