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The British Cyprus Police Were Remembered At The Setting Of The Sun

The British Cyprus Police Were

Remembered

At The Setting Of The Sun

 

By Chris Elliott

For some months now there has been the occasional mention in the press and media of plans to place a memorial in the old British Cemetery in Kyrenia to commemorate the 62 British, Turkish Cypriot, Greek, Maltese and Maronite policemen who lost the lives during the Cyprus Emergency and to this day, were not officially recognised.

On Saturday 8th November 2014 at 4.30pm as the warm sun over Kyrenia prepared to settle in the west, part of the road outside this old cemetery had been closed and chairs placed in the road so that the  many people who had gathered could take part Standard Bearersin the ceremony of the unveiling of the memorial to the British Cyprus Police.

The Ceremony started with the parading by standard bearers of the National Standard into the cemetery followed by the Royal British Legion Kyrenia Branch, Metropolitan Police, and Cyprus Police where they were presented in front of the Cyprus Memorial commemorating the 371 British Servicemen who also lost their lives serving their country but until this day also receive no official recognition for their service and loss.

In front of this memorial was a Royal Marine Bugler flanked by two Chelsea Pensioners from the Royal Chelsea Hospital,  both of whom as young Paras, had spent a short period in Cyprus.

The service started with the Bidding prayers by The Reverend Wendy Hough, KKTC Müftüsü and the Metropolitan of Kyrenia Bishop followed by an address by Sir Hugh Orde OBE QPM and Patron of the Police Roll of Honour Trust.

The service was conducted in both English and Turkish but sadly as no Greek representatives of the Greek fallen were there, the planned Greek translation did not take place.

There followed the unveiling of the British Cyprus Police Memorial followed by its blessing by the Reverend Canon David Wilbraham and Reverend Wendy Hough and then followed by The Act of Remembrance Exhortation .

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old
age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,
at the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

 

The last post was played by the bugler followed by two minutes silence and then reveille was played.

Then there followed the  laying of 26 beautiful wreaths that seemed to reflect the light of life in the glare of the floodlights in the cemetery on this They were rememberedvery poignant occasion.

With the ceremony coming to an end a scripture from Romans 8 was read by Canon David Wilbraham and a Memorial Bench was unveiled by Mrs Patricia Mackay and finally the Policemans Prayer was read by Mr Sidney Mackay the Chairman of the Police Roll of Honour Trust followed by the National Anthem and Blessing

So at last those 62 brave policemen who served their countries and lost their lives following the start of the Cyprus Emergency when EOKA created murder and mayhem in the 1950s have been remembered but sadly not by HM Government or by Greek Cypriots who to their eternal shame declined the invitation to attend this Act of Remembrance.

Considering all those that have lost their lives because of the Cyprus problem, the prospects of a Cyprus settlement seem even further away whilst there is this attitude of non-reconciliation or recognition by those who being involved, do not want to Remember Them!

 

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  1. My heart goes to all of these policemen and soldiers who have lost their lives in 1950s . Wether British, Turkish, Maronite or Greek . One of these policemen Insp Mustafa Beyaz was a relative of mine. Their families that are left behind are the ones that suffered the most from grief and helplessness of their lost ones . Some were fathers , brothers and sons of the families that perished . How absurd it is that the Cypriot Greeks till today dream of their Megalo Idea and ENOSIS that have resulted in so much blood shed and mayhem to so many, and caused the division of our homeland. Their blockading of this beautiful and meaningful ceremony commemorating the fallen by the so called RoC and the British Government’s bowing to their wish is incomprehensible , meaningless and disrespectful !!! Thank you Chris Elliott for bringing this emotional story to us readers of Cyprus Scene.

    • Thank you Sermen for your thoughts and the occasion leaves me feeling so sad that again politics stands in the way of some form of sensible settlement of this crazy Cyprus Farce.

      It takes a very brave man to look his old foe in the eye, shake his hand and make a real effort to move on in peace and seek prosperity and harmony for all……

      Sadly it seems the Greek Cypriots and the British Government will continue to live in the past and not make a real effort to resolve a problem they created so long ago.