By Margaret Sheard …
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By Margaret Sheard …
Keith Lloyd has been working tirelessly for recognition of those servicemen and women who lost their lives during the Cyprus Emergency whose names are not shown on the memorial in the Kyrenia Old British Cemetery.
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.
Introduction by Margaret Sheard …..
Having been present at the unveiling of the Cyprus Rock Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in the UK, I was disappointed that it was not possible to attend the first memorial service which was held on 21st August 2017.
By Margaret Sheard ….
I have now received some further information from David Littlemore (shown below) about the memorial service at the Cyprus Rock at the National Memorial Arboretum, together with the order of service which I have re-formatted into a PDF file and this can be viewed by clicking here and can be printed off if you wish. There will also be copies available on the day.
This year’s Cyprus Memorial Service will, as you know, be a smaller event than last year’s Unveiling Ceremony for reasons we all understand. We will have a local Chaplain the Rev. Maj. Vic Van Den Bergh and I have attached a copy of the programme of the service, though we will have copies available on the day.
We will be using the NMA’s public catering areas to have refreshments and meet our colleagues after the service. As you will see there will be one chaplain performing the service that covers the remembrance of both the military and civilian police lost during the Cyprus Emergency. I look forward to seeing you at the NMA on the 21st of August …… David Littlemore.
It is hoped that many veterans, together with the families of both the military and the civilian police who lost their lives in Cyprus, will be able to attend this first memorial service at the National Memorial Arboretum on 21st August 2017 at 10.45am.
By Margaret Sheard…..
Following the very successful unveiling of the Cyprus Memorial Rock at the National Memorial Arboretum in the UK on 21st August 2016, the question has been raised for veterans and families of those who lost their lives during the Cyprus Emergency 1955-59 to be able to pay their respects at an annual event.
We have received the following message from David Littlemore on this subject. The format for an annual service which David is suggesting seems to be both sensible and respectful and probably the right way forward for the future. Having personally visited the Cyprus Memorial at the Arboretum on 2 separate occasions, the short walk to the area is fairly easy and once everyone is assembled the service would be a very fitting and memorable event.
“I have received many responses to the question “should we continue to hold a Cyprus Memorial event annually at our new Cyprus Memorial”. Most said that we should, though some questioned the issue of our advancing years and our ability to continue attending such an event. I agree that age is an issue but believe that it must not stop us paying our respects to our lost colleagues, especially now that we have such a wonderful Memorial in the UK.
I have therefore booked a “Cyprus Memorial Service” at the NMA for the 21st of August 2017 to start at 10.45. Unfortunately neither Neil Trotter nor Pat Honey are able, for family and health reasons, to help or attend. Neil’s view is that the position of our new Memorial is not suitable for the ‘parade’ to be held due to the age of our veterans and the tree covered ground, so I suggest a simple dignified walk to the Memorial would be best. As 80 is now the new 60 I am sure we will all do so in a dignified though military manner. A normal Remembrance Service will be held and led by Chaplains for both military and police veterans and families. Due to the expense of marquees and catering, I regret that these cannot be the same as at the Unveiling, but we can all use the public catering area to mix and exchange memories after the service.
I will continue to keep you all informed and would ask that you spread the word to your own contacts.
Kind regards, David Littlemore “
Donations for the future upkeep of the Cyprus Memorial can be made by clicking here
By Margaret Sheard…..
The unveiling of the Cyprus Memorial Rock at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire UK, is drawing closer and 21st August will see a very large gathering of ex-servicemen and families of the British servicemen and Police officers who lost their lives during the Cyprus Emergency in the years 1955-59.
David Littlemore has done a wonderful job of master-minding and seeing this project through from the start when a piece of Cyprus rock was transported from Cyprus to the UK courtesy of the RAF which has arranged for transportation from Cyprus by sea and then by road and, following the stonemason’s work, to its final resting place at the National Memorial Arboretum.
We have now received a further update from David, together with the Order of Service on the 21st August which can be viewed by clicking here
Dear Cyprus Memorial Supporter,
We have now finalised the ‘Order of Service’ for the Unveiling of the Memorial on the 21st August..
Although we are unsure of the final number of people attending, we believe that it is probably in the region of 300 to 400, but as I reported previously, the seating will be very limited due to the size of the area where the Memorial is to be placed. The service will only last about half an hour so most should not find that too challenging, however those who cannot stand and are unable to bring a picnic chair should contact Mr. P. Honey via email – email@example.com
This Memorial, we understand, is the first to combine both those from the military and police who lost their lives in a conflict. The standards will be paraded together as will their names be placed together inside a ‘Time Capsule’ sealed in the Cypriot Rock. They shared the risks and dangers and will on the 21st be shared in our Remembrance.
I look forward to seeing those of you who are able to attend at the National Memorial Arboretum on the 21st.
Thank you for your support. David
We are pleased that we have been able to arrange for representation on behalf of www.cyprusscene.com at the unveiling of the Cyprus Memorial Rock and a review of this momentous occasion will be published in due course.
By Margaret Sheard…..
It seems there will be a huge number of people attending the unveiling of the Cyprus Rock Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, UK, which will be taking place on Sunday 21st August, but this has created a major problem regarding seating. We give below a further update from David Littlemore regarding the necessary change of plan and hope that everyone will appreciate and accept that due to the increase in the number of people who will be attending alternative arrangements have had to be made with regard to seating.
As David has said below, this proves that there is a need for the Memorial to those who lost their lives in Cyprus during the years 1955 to 1959.
With less than 6 weeks to the unveiling I had expected things to get busier but not as hectic as they have. If I were my grandchild I might say “it’s gone viral”. So many requests for seats that we have had to change our plans dramatically. Because the area of the NMA, where the memorial is being placed is limited in its capacity to accommodate chairs, we are unable to meet the requests to seat those attending as well as seating those unable, through age or disability, to stand for the service. The plan must now be, not to have seats on offer except to disabled veterans, and these can be requested through Mr Honey: firstname.lastname@example.org
My sincere apologies to all of those who have already booked seats, the changed circumstances are regrettably out of our control. Though the increase in those wishing to attend has made the organizing more challenging, the numbers wanting to be there are proof of the need for this Memorial.
The Parade Marshall, Neil Trotter, will form up the Standards, and those Veterans wishing to parade, are asked to report to him in front of the 3 large white tents by 1020 hrs. All others attending are expected to be at the Memorial site for the 1100 start of the Unveiling and Dedication service in the Mediterranean Area of the Arboretum. After the service and the formal laying of wreaths there will be the opportunity for the private laying of wreaths and flowers or just to stand and remember friends or family. There will be a shuttle service run by the NMA staff with electric buggies which will depart from the front of the chapel. The walk to the site is quite a short one for those able to take it.
After the service, which will take about half an hour, there will be hot and cold drinks with biscuits served in the marquee for those attending, and a chance to meet for a chat with old friends and comrades.
I look forward to seeing you all there.
Kind regards, David.
The programme for the unveiling with other useful information can be accessed by clicking here
The GoFundMe account now stands at £2,935. In addition other funding has been received but as the original costing has increased with the addition of the Regimental badges on the memorial plinth and the inclusion on the Memorial Rock of the members of the police who also lost their lives in Cyprus it would be so much appreciated if the funds could be boosted with donations for this wonderful memorial and its future upkeep. Click here for the GoFundMe account.
By Margaret Sheard……
We have received a further update from David Littlemore about the progress of the unveiling ceremony on 21st August. Everything seems to be well in hand and I am very envious of those who will be able to be there on this momentous and nostalgic occasion.
Dear Cyprus Memorial Supporter,
I spent the 15th of June dodging the rain at the National Memorial Arboretum, meeting those who will be most involved with the Unveiling on the 21st of August. All the plans for the day are now fitting together. Pat Honey together with the Parade Marshall Neil Trotter, will be in charge of the Standard bearers and the parade to the Cyprus Memorial. For all those intending to parade would you please contact Neil on email; email@example.com for details. The time for the parade to set off will be 10.45hrs so between 09.30hrs and 10.30hrs people will be arriving at the NMA. The official Unveiling at the memorial will start at 11.00hrs. There is a new large car-parking area just past the main entrance to the NMA on the left.
The position of the Cyprus Memorial will be a short walk from the NMA’s main entrance, in what is known as the Mediterranean Area. There will be seating for all who need to be seated if you let me know, and I hope that the 100 seats ordered will be enough to seat most others too. The official unveiling will be by Sir Michael Graydon, Air Chief Marshal Ret. with a service of Dedication by the Chaplain, the Rev Alan Bowley together with a Hymn. We will also naturally be having the last post and reveille, with the laying of wreathes, both official and private.
We hope the weather will match the location at the Arboretum (the Mediterranean Area); but even if it rains we can dry out as the Unveiling will be followed by tea, coffee and biscuits in the marquee only a few steps from the Memorial. I look forward to seeing you there if you can make it, but for any who can’t, a DVD of the event is going to be produced and will be available to all who wish to buy a record of the event.
My very sincere thanks to all who have helped with this, long overdue event, by giving it your support. My thanks to Peter and Emma at the NMA for their help and support in preparing this event.
With kind regards, David.
Although there is to be seating for 100 people, if anyone who is attending needs a seat and has not already requested one, please confirm to David Littlemore by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The GoFundMe account which was set up to help with the funding of this very special Memorial currently stands at £2,660 and thanks are given to all who have made donations. The on-going maintenance of the Memorial Rock, which commemorates the British personnel who lost their lives in Cyprus during the Emergency, will also need funding so if anyone would like to help in this respect they can do so by clicking here