THE annual Act of Remembrance took place at the War Memorial in St Mary's churchyard, Gladestry, on November 11.

The inside of the church was bedecked with poppies and interesting information about local men living in the area during the world wars.

One young man from Gladestry, 22 year-old Arthur Hewitt Turner, (Huey) was killed serving his country during the Second World War. Each year a number of Mr Turner's family gather in Gladestry for the Act of Remembrance. This year, family members from Brighton and Carlisle joined cousins to pay respects to their uncle and to remember all young men and women whose lives were cruelly cut short by war.

Huey moved from Gladestry to lodge with an aunt in Alveston, Bristol, to hopefully improve his health as he was an asthma sufferer. He found work with BAC maintaining the runway at Filton. Huey and a cousin joined the Territorial Army at Thornbury.

At the onset of war, Huey enlisted with the 5th Battalion the Gloucester Regiment. He served as a despatch rider, carrying messages between units and officers when radio communication was poor. On May 10, 1940 he took a direct hit whilst riding his motorcycle; he is buried in Belgium.