Memorial prompts dedication ceremony

A poignant dedication ceremony, following the installation of a new Commonwealth War Grave headstone in honour of a former member of the Armed Forces, will take place later this year.

The service is being held in memory of Private Sydney Crackett, who served on 80 TC Company for the Corps of Military Police.

He died in a motorcycle accident while carrying out his duties in 1942, only a matter of weeks after his marriage. He was in his 20s.

Private Crackett is buried in Amble’s East Cemetery but a memorial had been placed in the entrance to the town’s West Cemetery. This has now been removed and a headstone has been erected at his resting place.

To honour this, Amble Town Council has organised the short dedication ceremony, planned for Saturday, November 2, at 2.30pm.

Private Crackett’s descendants, who are scattered around the world, have been traced and asked to join the council on the day. Representatives from the Warkworth and Amble District Branch of the Royal British Legion and the Military Police will also attend.