Family gathers to honour war veteran brothers

PUBLISHED: 14:27 14 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 11 May 2010

FAMILY CONNECTIONS: From left, Eileen Flack, Bob Pendrick, George Flack, Pearl Horsman, Michael Neal, Maureen Pendrick and John Pendrick.

FAMILY CONNECTIONS: From left, Eileen Flack, Bob Pendrick, George Flack, Pearl Horsman, Michael Neal, Maureen Pendrick and John Pendrick.

A FAMILY from Royston have had their name immortalised after a new village close was named after them. Members of the Pendrick family attended the opening ceremony of the close in Coton, near Cambridge. Speaking at the ceremony to open Pendrick Close, Joh

A FAMILY from Royston have had their name immortalised after a new village close was named after them.

Members of the Pendrick family attended the opening ceremony of the close in Coton, near Cambridge.

Speaking at the ceremony to open Pendrick Close, John Pendrick, of Field Crescent, Royston, said: "It is a wonderful privilege to be here."

The close was named in memory of three brothers from Coton, Albert (John), Harold and Percy Pendrick who were all killed in service during the First World War.

Dawn Pendrick, also from Royston, and daughter of John Pendrick, said: "The Pendrick family have been in Royston for generations.

"I actually moved to Coton for a while and had no idea we had relatives there until I found the headstones.

"We think that the brothers actually lied about their age so that they could go and fight in the war, but sadly they were killed like so many others."

The three brothers' names can still be found on the war memorial in the village.

And, it was the brothers' nephews, John and Bob Pendrick who officially opened the close with sister Pearl Horsman cutting the ribbon.

The family name was found on the war memorial by Stephanie Reed, development manager for Granta which has built the houses.

With a little bit of research she found the living relatives of the Coton brothers.

Bob Pendrick said: "Unfortunately not all of the family could make it, but it is lovely to see our uncles have been honoured here.

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