Commonwealth Memorial Gates Service

9 March 2015 – The Commonwealth Memorial Gates Service, held on 9 March 2015 at the Hyde Park Corner, was dedicated to the people of Africa, the Caribbean and the five regions of the Indian subcontinent (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) who served in the British Armed Forces during the two World Wars.

Delegates from Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas attended the ceremony, including Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, Colonel J G Robinson and the two Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officers, Captain Prakash Gurung and Captain Lok Bahadur Gurung. Other notable attendees included the former Prime Minister Sir John Major, Field Marshall Sir John Chapel and representatives from Commonwealth countries including the Deputy Ambassador and Defence Attaché of Nepal at the Service.

The Service was very memorable with a welcome speech from The Rt Hon The Baroness Flather, Patron of the Memorial Gates Council. The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie of Craiglebank and The Rt Hon and the Rt Revd Dr Richard Chartres, Bishop of London also delivered speeches. The service was focused on the engagement at Neuve Chapelle in 1915 and the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day. This was followed by the Last Post and laying of the Wreaths. The Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas laid a wreath on behalf of all ranks of The Brigade of Gurkhas in memory of those who volunteered from Nepal to serve in the Gurkhas.

The event was an excellent dedication to all the ranks from Africa, the Caribbean and Indian subcontinent who served in the British Armed Forces in the World Wars.

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