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L-R: Bugler Daryll Pitcher, Cllr Debbie Andre, Mayor Steve Knight, Mayoress Esther Knight, and Rev Mark Williams

Rev Mark Williams welcomed representatives from town and parish councils in The Bay area to the centenary commemoration of Major Herbert Longmore Grant Chevers at his Commonwealth War Grave at the weekend.

Major Chevers, who died aged 59 on 10th August 1919, was the son of Deputy Surgeon General Norman Chevers and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He had previously been promoted following his work in South Africa.

Royal British Legion Bugler Daryll Pitcher joined representatives from Sandown Town Council, Shanklin Town Council and Lake Parish Council at the event at Sandown Christ Church Churchyard.

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Rev Williams said:

“We felt it appropriate to commemorate the sacrifice made by Major Chevers, highlighting that although the Great War ended in 1918, many people injured during the conflict died subsequently, and their contribution should be honoured”.

Sandown Councillor Debbie Andre added:

“It is important to remember the events of 100 years ago, and we have worked with colleagues across the Bay to provide information on all Commonwealth War Graves in the Bay”.

Shanklin Mayor Steve Knight added:

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“We have a duty to remember the sacrifices made by the Bay, and the Island, in World War 1, and by working together we can ensure their memories live on”.

The different councils in The Bay have also worked together to provide a map of defibrillators and their locations, as part of a wider community project.

Lake acting Chair Bob Blezzard concluded:

“It was really good to see Bay Councillors working together, and we hope this continued into the future, as projects such as these show the value of joint working”.

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Max Chevers
Max Chevers

How interesting to learn of the commemoration of 100th anniversary of Major Chevers. His was a very distinguished family, with his father Dr. Norman Chevers, contributing so much in heart research at Guys in his younger days and later at the Calcutta Medical College, and in London.
Unfortunately I did not include the children of Dr. Norman Chevers in my book “The House of Chevers “, since there was a considerable amount to include on this particular branch, in that chapter. It is only when publishing has taken place that one realises, what has been missed.

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