The only Remembrance event that really went ahead unaffected this year was the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on 5th November 2020.
Unfortunately, this was restricted so the Association was not able to offer places for members to attend the Opening Service and also, at the last minute, not being able to have anyone at the head of the plot to represent the Association. Clive Summerson put in so much hard work as usual in reserving the plot, obtaining the markers and travelling to the Abbey to plant the crosses just before lockdown – We regard this as a supreme effort and we are delighted that it was agreed that he should be our representative on the day.
This, of course, did not happen so we hope to be able to offer him this opportunity in 2021
We ended up with a well-populated plot raising donations to the sum of £316. The ‘regulars’ are always very grateful to be able to have this opportunity to remember their loved ones.
Wreaths were sent to be placed at Sandringham, thank you Tom Williamson, and at the Chiswick War Memorial, thank you to Simon Kleinig, as it was not possible this year to lay a wreath at the London Cenotaph. Ian Binnie remained within the rules and visited both Brandwood End Cemetery in Birmingham and the National Memorial Arboretum on Remembrance Sunday. Two wreaths were placed there on behalf of the Gallipoli Association. The monument in the cemetery is a family one but includes Horace George Turner, 1st Warwickshire Yeomanry, KIA, 29/8/15. Thanks goes again to Michael D Robson who placed an Association wreath in Israel.
Thank you to members and public alike for all your ongoing support.
[photo courtesy of Clive Summerson]