Dorset

Wimborne remembers fallen war heroes on Armistice Day

People standing at war memorial in Wimborne
Image caption The town came to a standstill as residents remembered those killed in war

A Dorset market town, which has lost two soldiers in Afghanistan, has come together to remember those killed in war.

Trooper Andrew Howarth, 20, of Wimborne, died in a bomb blast while on patrol in Lashkar Gah in September.

Rifleman Philip Allen, 20, of nearby Verwood, was killed by a roadside bomb near Sangin, in Helmand, in November 2009.

A service of remembrance was held at Wimborne Minster at 1100 GMT.

Schoolchildren from Queen Elizabeth's School joined firefighters, war veterans, shop keepers and residents, as the small town came together to remember those who had died.

'Fallen heroes'

Trooper Howarth's father, John, described all those who had served in war as heroes.

His 20-year-old son was the third generation of his family to serve with the Queen's Royal Lancers regiment.

"I had to be proud of Andrew, for what he did for Queen and country," his father said.

Image caption Trooper Howarth was killed in September 2010 and Rifleman Allen was killed in November 2009

"A lot of people don't realise in this country that they are in a war situation over there.

"It's a hard task and we have to be proud of them. I'm ever so proud of my son.

"He has paid the ultimate sacrifice for Queen and country so we can walk free and we have to respect that and that's what today's about, it's respect for the fallen heroes."

Rifleman Allen, who served with 2nd Battalion The Rifles, died after serving just six weeks in Afghanistan.

He had proposed to his girlfriend, Karina Pharoah, on the day he left the UK.

About 100 people turned out at the War Memorial on the Minster Green, where a two minutes silence was held.

On Sunday an afternoon Remembrance Service will begin at 1500 GMT in Wimborne Minster, with a parade starting from the British Legion Clubhouse in Westborough at 1440 GMT.

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