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We will never forget the 161 who gave their lives in battle far from home.

Byline: Toni Guillot Reporter toni.guillot@trinitymirror.com

TODAY the Gazette continues its coverage of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The stories we carry will come from across the region - your words as much as ours, your memories and tributes.

Over the months they will create their own memorial to our heroes who survived to tell of their experiences and those who never came home.

We will also be working closely with experts from Teesside University who will put our stories in context and examine all aspects of Teesside's War.

If you have family stories, tributes or memories to share, send an email to news@gazettemedia.co.uk or a letter to Newsdesk, The Gazette, Borough Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3AZ THEY gave their lives and died in cold, wet fields miles from their loving homes.

But now, 161 soldiers who fought in the First World War are being remembered by the people of Middlesbrough. The Friends of Linthorpe Cemetery and Nature Reserve have organised a First World War Commemoration to take place on Sunday.

It has been organised by chairman Derek Lewis, and representatives from the sea, air and Army Cadets, along with Explorer Scouts, will parade from Linthorpe Cemetery, home to the 161 war graves, to the Cross of Remembrance.

They will be joined by war veterans and will be led by Central and East Yorkshire Air Training Corps.

The special service will be conducted by the Rev Ray Morris from St Barnabas Parish Church to the sound of Last Post and Reveille played by Tony Longstaff.

The parade will then march towards Acklam Road where the Union Jack will be flown and wreaths will be laid.

Middlesbrough Scout leader Mr Lewis said the day will be a "poignant reminder" of war heroes past and present.

He said: "We are holding the remembrance service to show that everyone remembers the efforts people put in just so we could have the services we have today. It is a day to appreciate and honour those responsible for the freedom we have today.

"We would like to thank everyone who has helped to organise this commemoration which will be carried out with dignity." Visitors will be invited to join in for light refreshments in the Hebrew Prayer House. War memorabilia will be on display along with cake stalls provided by the Women's Institute in Linthorpe.

All proceeds from the service will be donated to the Help for Heroes charity to assist injured soldiers returning from conflict.

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Members of The Friends of Linthorpe Cemetery and Nature Reserve, from left at front, Liz Chambers, Malcolm Cummings, Dorothy and Aidrian Humphreys, Alison Brown and Christine Jones with Derek Lewis and Laureen Ross behind, right, in Linthorpe Cemetery ahead of the commemoration event, and some of the 161 war graves 081014GRAVES_02 IAN MCINTYRE

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Date:Oct 16, 2014
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