Local village commemorates 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein
Award-winning village and home to leading disability charity Enham Trust, Enham Alamein, recently commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein; during which some of the village’s early residents played a vital role.
The Battle, which took place in Egypt during the Second World War, marked a major turning point in the War; culminating in an Allied victory which ended the Axis threat to Egypt and revived plummeting morale amongst the Allies.
Originally opened in 1919 as a place for injured servicemen and their families to rehabilitate after the First World War, Enham Village offered both a home and place of work to its new residents. In 1945 the village was selected to receive a substantial gift from the Egyptian Government, this was in recognition of the Allied victory at the Battle of El Alamein and the village was renamed Enham Alamein in gratitude.
The Trustees of the Charity, the local Parish Council, current residents of the village and members of the public were joined by Sir Freddie Viggers, representing the Lord Lieutenant’s Office, The Worshipful the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Carl Borg-Neal; Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Cllr Phil North; Chairman of Hampshire County Council; Cllr Graham Burgess, to remember those who fought in the Battle at the annual Service of Thanksgiving at St George’s Church, Enham Alamein – the internationally recognised memorial church for the Battle of El Alamein.
75 years on and Enham Alamein, as part of Enham Trust, is now celebrated for the efforts of the Trust and the Parish Council to improve facilities for all and provide an active, caring community; the Trust now supports thousands of disabled people across the country to live as independently as possible.
For more information about Enham Trust, please visit: www.enhamtrust.org.uk
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