Inhuldiging / Inauguration
monument Sherwood Foresters - Passendale - 24/10/2009
reeks foto's naar aanleiding van de inhuldiging van het nieuwe monument voor de
Sherwood Foresters nabij Tyne
Cot Cemetery in Passendale. Deze inhuldiging vond plaats na de voorstelling
van het uitbreidingsproject 'Museumtuin'
eerder op de morgen te Zonnebeke.
Please find below some photographs of
the inauguration of the new monument for the Sherwood Foresters nearby Tyne
Cot Cemetery at Passendale on Saturday, October 24th, 2009.
Colours of the 2nd Battallion of the Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters)
marched on to the Regimental March of the Sherwood Foresters "The Young May
Moon" played by the Band of the Mercian Regiment and the Concert Band of
Speech by the Deputy Colonel of the Mercian Regiment, Colonel Peter Dennis.
big crowd for the inauguration.
Address by the Chairman of the Memorial Committee, Major John Cotterill MBE, incorporating
reflections on their Sherwood Forester forbears by two young people (see below).
young people told the storyof their relatives who fought in the Ypres Salient,
here Miss Aimee Halliwel
Mr. Robert Keighery.
Speech and Unveiling of the Memorial by the Sir Andrew Buchanan Bt, Lord Lieutenant
of Nottinghamshire and Mr. Willie Tucker, Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire.
of the new monument.
vote of thanks to the Belgian hosts by Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion of the
Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), Lieutenant Colonel Simon Banton.
He only just came back from a mission to Afghanistan where his unit lost 5 soldiers.
by the Deputy Prime Minister of Flanders, Geert Bourgeois.
buglers of the Last Post
by the Reverend Canon R. JOnes, Vicar of the St George's Anglican Church in Ypres,
by two other priests.
by two minutes silence.
finally the national anthems of Belgium and Great Britain.
the ceremony the guests moved towards the Zonnebeke school for the reception.
see Mr. Benoit, chairman of the Last Post Association, in discussion with the
Lord Lieutenants of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
and more people joined the reception.
musical part at the end concludes this event.
An extra picture received from Alan Derbyshire:
From left to right:- Peter Wiltshire, Rod Pritchard, Alan Derbyshire, all served with the Sherwood Foresters and the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters. The weekend we spent in Ypres will remain forever in our memories.
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