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The Royal Anglian Regiment Memorial Dedication Ceremony

12 September 2010
Imperial War Museum, Duxford

The Royal Anglian Regiment Memorial commemorates those members of The Royal Anglian Regiment and the East Anglian Regiments who died whilst on duty. It bears the name of 78 soldiers who all died serving their country in battle zones, ranging from Afghanistan and Iraq to Northern Ireland and Aden. The first entry dates back to 1959 and the final entries are the deaths of five men during this year's tour of Afghanistan.

At the dedication ceremony, Regimental Chaplain Rev Ken Reeve led the families and veterans in a number of hymns and prayers and each name on the memorial was read from a roll of honour. The Last Post was played by Lance Corporal Laura Windley, then each family was given time to lay personal tributes on the memorial before it was opened to the public.

Families travelled from as far away as Australia, Fiji and Bermuda. All 78 families of our fallen comrades were represented.

The Dedication Ceremony of the Royal Anglian Regimental Memorial took place on Sunday 12th September 2010 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford. It took place in the presence of our Colonel-in-Chief His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO.

The memorial was built in commemoration to those members of The Royal Anglian Regiment and The East Anglian Regiments who died on duty and currently numbers 79 members who are honoured.

Two soldiers of The 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment (The Poachers) are amongst the fallen, Lance Corporal Malcolm Boothwright of Lincoln and Corporal Colin Jackson of Northampton.They died in a tragic accident in Dhekelia Cyprus on 20th February 1965.

My first three photos [Derk's are the last 5 pictures above] depict the unveiling, No.4 shows Malcolm's Sister, Mrs Brenda Manu and his Niece Mrs Susan Rawlinson. No.5 depicts members of the Jackson family, the Boothwright Ladies and their host Derek Templeman in front of the Memorial.

Derek Templeman.