Remembrance in the Sunshine
There was plenty of sunshine and remembrance as the Regimental Family came together for the annual Service of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas.
We were joined again this year by over 500 Veterans and serving Soldiers from the Royal Regiment who came to pay their respects to those that have gone before and sacrificed so much.
It was especially poignant being the 100th anniversary of the Armistice and to mark this occasion we invited Mr Lewis Godley Kershaw to lay a wreath.
Mr Kershaw was born on 1st October 1918 which of course tells you that he will be celebrating his 100th birthday this year. He served in the Royal Artillery for approx. 26 years. He joined at the age of 14yrs to undertake a 5 year apprenticeship from 1933 to 1939. When his apprenticeship came to an end he married in Feb 1939 and just 10 days after his wedding was sent to India. He served in the 8th Army through the war as an Artificer, spending some time In India and some time in Egypt. He narrowly escaped death on more than one occasion and also escaped becoming a Japanese POW. Mr Kershaw rose through the ranks reaching the rank of Sergeant Major and was well respected by his men. During his time in the Army he became a Methodist preacher and often gave dying men a blessing and some comfort in their last moments. Mr Kershaw has written a full account of his war memories which has been accepted by the imperial war museum.
The Royal Artillery Standard Bearers were again in superb order with another great turn out from our branches. They formed up within the NMA Gardens for their inspection by the Controller, the Regt Col and the RASM.
The Service of Remembrance was held in the marque and carried out by The Ven Stephen Robbins who was ably accompanied by 103 Lancashire Artillery Band. The Standards were then joined by the Regimental Family and the Pipes and Drums of 103 Regt in the Royal Artillery Garden where a small service and wreath laying ceremony was held.
We would like to thank all our branches and the serving Regiment for taking the time to help us remember and commemorate the fallen.
We will see you all next year!