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Granite World War One obelisk unveiled in Boston

Boston war memorial
Image caption The memorial was dedicated to the Boston men who died or were wounded in World War One

A World War One memorial has been unveiled in Boston, Lincolnshire.

The seven-foot (2.13m) 3.5 tonne granite obelisk was dedicated to the 843 Boston servicemen who died or were wounded in the war.

A total of £4,200 was raised for the memorial, which was installed for free by Long Sutton stonemason Richard King.

Boston's mayor unveiled the obelisk at the Memorial Gardens, where it was dedicated by the Reverend Alyson Buxton.

She said: "It is not about glorifying war but about standing shoulder to shoulder with people in their grief and their remembrance."

Mr King said he had donated his labour in honour of his great grandfather, Sgt George Robert Richer of Holbeach, who served in World War One with the 8th Lincolnshire Regiment and received the Military Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal.

The names of all 843 men were displayed at the event along with a roll of honour listing all the individuals and groups who made donations.

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