Father Christian Mitchell leading the service at the first anniversary of the unveiling of the memorial to Flt Lt Eugene Seghers

Uckfield remembers brave World War Two Spitfire pilot, Eugene Seghers

Brave World War Two Spitfire pilot, Flt Lt Eugene Seghers, was remembered yesterday (July 26) at a short ceremony in the rain at Ridgewood.

PO Eugene Seghers. Photograph taken from Facebook group: Memorial to Pilot Officer Eugene Seghers DFC

Fl Lt Eugene Seghers. Photograph taken from Facebook group: Memorial to Pilot Officer Eugene Seghers DFC

Uckfield Town Mayor, Cllr Louise Eastwood, placed a posy of Poppies on the memorial to the man who saved Uckfield on July 26, 1944, by tipping a V1 flying bomb away from the town.

The VI exploded and claimed the life of the Belgian aviator.

A poppy wreath was also placed at the memorial, in the garden of the Highlands Inn, by Adrian Kirby, who last year put together an exhibition in the Highlands Inn when the memorial was unveiled.

A small group of townspeople attended yesterday’s event, including Duncan Bennett who led the community effort to get Flt Lt Seghers’ sacrifice properly recognised.

The silence was held at 2.22.pm, the official time that the VI exploded over Ridgewood in 1944.

A short service was led by the Rev Christian Mitchell (Father Mitch), curate at Holy Cross Church.

The Last Post and Reveille was played by Ray Martin.

A short video of the event is below.

 

Here’s how Uckfield News.com covered the unveling of the memorial last year, click here

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