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Aldershot Town give free tickets to soldiers

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Aldershot Town give free tickets to soldiers

Published at 2:57pm 1st November 2017.

Aldershot Town are marking Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday by giving hundreds of free tickets to soldiers.

The club, in the home of the British Army, says it wants to thank the Armed Forces for they sacrifices they make.

300 free tickets are being made available to members of Aldershot Garrison for the Shots' home match against Fylde on Saturday 11th November.

In addition, the Royal British Legion will be at the ground collecting for the 2017 Poppy Appeal.

A guard of honour will be formed by dignitaries from the British and Pakistani Armed Forces, local community leaders, councillors and politicians, plus standard bearers and members of local Cadet Forces.

Ahead of kick-off, a lone bugler will play the Last Post, before a minute's silence is held.

All players will wear specially-embossed poppy shirts for the match, which will then be auctioned by the Club.

Aldershot Town Chairman Shahid Azeem said: "It is once again a great honour to help our local community recognise and commemorate our links with the British Army, and thank our Armed Forces for the sacrifices they make on our behalf.

"We are delighted to be able to donate 300 free tickets to members of the Garrison and hope that they enjoy their day with us."

Aldershot Town particularly wish to remember the centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres - better known as Passchendaele - which was fought from 31 July to 10 November 1917.

Fourteen of the 44 British Divisions which fought at Passchendaele were either raised or trained in Aldershot, with 39 residents of Aldershot and Farnborough losing their lives amongst a total number of casualties which reached over 438,000 across both sides.

Three Aldershot soldiers received particular commendation for their bravery during the Battle:

Second Lieutenant Alfred Maurice Toye, born on Stanhope Lines and a member of the Middlesex Regiment, who was awarded the Military Cross "for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty" in maintaining lines of communication under heavy fire

Sergeant Frederick Tanner, of 141 Holly Road, Aldershot, who was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for continuing torpedo fire despite twice being wounded by close-range attack

Sergeant Bernard W Ensor, of 75 York Road, Aldershot, who was awarded the Military Medal for taking control of two sections and holding their position for 48 hours after all of his superiors were put out of action.

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