Field of Remembrance opening 2015

Thursday 5th November 2015 saw the annual opening of the Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey, with representatives from the Brigade of Gurkhas and the Gurkha Brigade Association taking part in the poignant event.

Prince Phillip  and Prince Harry were the Royal guests of honour this year and after a short service they placed a pair of crosses before meeting the representatives from each of the units present.

It also happened to be Brigadier John Anderson OBE’s last Field of Remembrance event as Chairman of the Gurkha Brigade Association as he hands over to Colonel David Hayes CBE after the Remembrance weekend. He was joined at the Gurkha Brigade plot by the Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officers and Field Marshal John Chapple GCB, CBE.

The Field of Remembrance opening was followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the nearby statue of Field Marshal Slim, attended by his son, Colonel John Douglas Slim, 2nd Viscount Slim OBE. The Gurkha Brigade Association representatives then moved on to the Gurkha Statue in Whitehall to each lay a wreath in honour of those who have fallen for each of the regiments.

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