Field of Remembrance Westminster 2018

On 8th November 2018 members of the Brigade Association and representatives from all the current and past regimental associations came together at the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.

The event is organised by the Royal British Legion Poppy Factory as part of the annual Poppy Appeal commemorations. Each year, hundreds of volunteers help us to plant more than 120,000 tributes across six Fields of Remembrance in the UK. Members of the public can make a Remembrance tribute to be planted in the fields, in the form of a religious or secular symbol carrying a poppy and a personal message to someone who lost their life in the Service of our country.

The Field of Remembrance was started in 1928 by Major Howson MC, the founder of the Royal British Legion Poppy Factory. Major Howson and a few disabled ex-servicemen from the Poppy Factory grouped together around a battlefield cross and with trays of poppies, invited passers-by to plant a poppy in the vicinity of the cross. Since then, the Field has evolved to include a wide range of military interests. Ex-Servicemen and Woman, both young and old turn out for the opening ceremony to pay their respects to their colleagues.

On this occasion our current Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officers and Lieutenant General David Bill KCB (President of the Gurkha Brigade Association) were presented to HRH Prince Henry or Wales (Prince Harry). 

After the service at the Westminster Abbey Gardens the Gurkha party moved to the Gurkha statue outside the Ministry of Defence Main Building on Whitehall for a short service and a number of wreaths were laid as a mark of respect for each former and current Regiments and Corps of the Brigade.