By Chris Elliott…..
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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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.