Earby veteran’s Standard to be laid up

Charles Moreland Tattersall (Jim). (S)
Charles Moreland Tattersall (Jim). (S)

The end of an era will be marked in Earby on Sunday when the Standard of a prominent war veteran is laid up at a special service.

Charles Moreland Tattersall, known as Jim to everybody, died in April aged 94 and his Standard is being officially laid up on Remembrance Sunday morning at All Saints’ Church during a 9-30am service.

Mr Tattersall was the face of Earby’s Royal British Legion branch for decades and completed the role of Standard Bearer with pride for approximately 35 years.

He served with Royal Dragoon Tank Battalion 152 during the Second World War and played his part in the famous D-Day landings in Normandy too, driving his tank on to the beach as battle raged around.

His dedication to former fellow service men and women for years after the war meant he was also the Royal British Legion’s welfare officer up to the age of 90.

Mr Tattersall’s 12-year-old great grandson James is flying in from America for the occasion, himself a Standard Bearer with the Scouts, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, to his delight.

He will join his cousin Abigail in escorting the Standard to the altar for the service alongside Jim Spence, the Royal British Legion’s Standard Bearer, where the Rev. Hugh Fielden, the Rev. Diane Weaver, the Royal British Legion Chaplain, and Branch Chairman Ann-Marie Benford will be there to receive it.

Mr Tattersall’s daughter Pamela said: “Dad was so proud of James for becoming Standard Bearer for the Scouts in America.

“James will escort the Standard Bearer along with his cousin Abigail and will also lay a wreath at the Remembrance Sunday service later for the Tank Regiment. It just seems like a fitting end to the chapter.

“Dad also requested he had a bench down at Earby Cricket Club so we will be down at the cricket field too.”