Centenary commemoration for Major Herbert Chevers


The Priest in Charge of Christ Chuch, Sandown, The Rev Mark Williams welcomed representatives of Sandown and Shanklin and Lake Town and Parish Councils, to the centenary commemoration of the Commonwealth War Grave of Major Herbert Longmore Grant Chevers, who died on August 10, 1919.

Royal British Legion Bugler Daryll Pitcher played at the ceremony.

Major Chevers was the son of Deputy Surgeon General Norman Chevers, and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and had previously been promoted following his work in South Africa.

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: “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 Councils in the Bay, have also worked together to provide a map of defibrillators and their locations in the Bay, as part of a wider community project.

Lake acting Chair Bob Blezzard said: “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.”