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Local man to commemorate the first battle of Newbury by walking the battle fields




Newbury man, Martin Clayton, is commemorating the First Battle of Newbury by dressing in a period outfit and standing on what used to be the battlefield.

The anniversary of the First Battle of Newbury falls on Monday, September 20.

Today, (September, 20) locals will be observing a minute silence at sunset (7.15pm) to pay their respects.

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Mr Clayton has been a member of the English Civil War Society, Marquis of Winchester Regiment, for the past 19 years.

For the past decade, Mr Clayton has been walking the fields near Barn Crescent in Newbury, where he says the battle field once was.

He dresses up in period uniform, accompanied by his war pike and stands in the field, sometimes in the mist and fog, from dusk till dawn.

Mr Clayton said: “I stand roughly where Lord Falkland would have fallen through.

“I am paying respect to the six thousand who died at that time.”

He said that sometimes he will talk to dog walkers and passers-by who notice his presence in the distance of the fields and answer their questions.

He added: “Really it’s just because I love history and I live in Newbury.”

A silence will also be observed for the commemoration.

Residents have said: "We will march down Dark Lane and hold our silence until the sun sets over Round Hill."

Mr Clayton will be standing in commemoration again this year, on Monday.



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