By Margaret Sheard …
We have previously published an article about a project being undertaken by Keith Lloyd to honour all 402 British servicemen who lost their lives during the Cyprus Emergency. This is to be a leather bound book which will be inscribed in Old English calligraphy and will hopefully rest on a stand to be housed in St Andrew’s Church in Kyrenia.
For many years Keith has been campaigning for the men who lost their lives and have not been shown any recognition. The date of 18 July 1959 being that chosen by the MoD as the end of the Cyprus Emergency did not take into account that a further 30 servicemen died in Cyprus from then until December 1959 and they are not listed on any memorial. The Memorial Book will at last contain the names of all 402 who lost their lives in Cyprus 1955 – 1959, so finally they are mentioned all together in one place.
Sufficient funds have been raised to purchase the leather bound book and the stand for it to rest on. It is to be housed in St Andrew’s Church in Kyrenia in a glass case. The book has been ordered from Shepherds Bookbinders in London.
Air Chief Marshall Sir Michael Graydon GCB, CBE, ADC, has approved the preparation of the Memorial Book.
Unfortunately there are not yet sufficient funds to organise the inscription of the names in the book which is to be in Old English calligraphy format. Keith is hoping that there will be enough funds to pay for a skilled calligrapher, or better still maybe there is such a person who would be willing to volunteer to do this work. It is appreciated that the amount of calligraphy involved will be a lengthy process and some form of remuneration should be available to offer to the right person.
Some of the Regiments have made contributions towards this memorial book and in order for it to be completed with the inscriptions it is hoped that more will make a donation to this project. There is a GoFundMe.com account set up and Keith will be more than happy to receive donations through this source or as a direct contribution. To make a donation click here