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Remembrance Sunday: Moving tributes to the fallen

16 November, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Soldiers from the Regent’s Park Barracks standing with police officers and veterans at the memorial near Mornington Crescent

VETERANS and families of former servicemen and women attended a Remembrance Sunday event at the Far East Prisoners of War memorial in Mornington Crescent.

Sergeant Chris Maynard (retired) quoted the moving Kohima Epitaph, before William Ellis pupil Manu Raffray played the Last Post and the Reveille on his trumpet. Among the crowd, which included soldiers from the Regent’s Park Barracks and police officers, was Terence Whelan, who served in the Army Catering Corp and the Logistics Corp.

Tributes at the Japanese Prisoner of War Memorial
The gathering on Remembrance Sunday

The 81-year-old, who lives in Kilburn said he felt “honoured” to be able to go along to remember all his family and friends. “My grandfather, Frederick Sands, fought at the Battle of the Somme, and my father, Edward Herbert, was a Japanese prisoner of war,” said Mr Whelan. “It means a lot to me to be able to come along and pay my respects.”
Trumpeter Manu Raffray plays The Last Post

The service was one of several to mark Remembrance Sunday with the Mayor of Camden Richard Cotton and local dignitaries pausing for silence and wreath-laying at the war memorial in Euston.

Holborn and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer, council chief executive Mike Cooke and borough police commander Catherine Roper join the service in Euston

On Armistice Day – November 10 – an interfaith gathering was held at the Whitestone Pond Memorial in Hampstead.

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