SOLDIERS of the Black Watch who have been killed in the conflict in Iraq were remembered at Eastleigh when members of the public joined ex-servicemen and women to observe a two-minute silence.

Seventy-year-old Gordon Vickers, who served in the REME for 29 years, placed a cross at the war memorial in the town's Leigh Road recreation ground.

He said: "This was my idea when I found out they had lost another one yesterday."

Young and old joined members of the Eastleigh, Chandler's Ford and District branch of the Royal British Legion in observing the two-minute silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month on the sound of a maroon fired a mile away at the town's Fleming Park.

RBL branch chairman, Norman Brown, 78, who served with the Royal Engineers in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany, told those at the war memorial: "It is a time we will never forget - especially with our lads and lasses in Iraq. We hope in future years the younger generation will carry on remembering."

Bishopstoke residents also remembered those who had given their lives for their country at an annual act of remembrance held at the village's Millennium War Memorial next to the Memorial Hall at Riverside.