Re: Westminster Garden of Remembrance 2016

Posted by webmaster | Uncategorized | Thursday 5 January 2017 12:10 pm

This year I had the privilege standing on the red carpet and fronting the regimental plot, having taken over from Eddie Clark who has done this duty for the past 16 years (what an act to follow). I was well supported by the stalwarts Ex Majors Philip Grant & Mike Sixsmith, Eddie Crawford (PORTSMOUTH) Joe & Mary Goven and Davie McColl (Scotland) Eddie Clark and family members a total of 14 (A GOOD TURNOUT) to pay tribute.

Once again the regimental plot was much admired and well photographed by visitors, thanks should go to Alex Maxwell for the Plaques and crosses he sent down for me to install. This year’s centrepiece was a cross to represent the Cameronian Chindits in Burma made by Alex.

We were honoured this year with great interest in the Cameronians and the Regimental plot by HRH Prince Philip and HRH Prince Harry It was a great delight to inform and explain to them and was very proud to represent the regiment. I received (a thankyou) from HRH Philip Regarding the Burma connection and a (good one) from HRH Harry for the display and lay out.

It was a great day meeting everyone and escorting Eddie in his wheel chair I attach his letter of thanks.

On the Sunday  I attended  the Cenotaph Parade as guest of the  KOSB`s met many old friends who sent their greetings to you Brian and hope you are keeping well, I presented a Cameronian poppy wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the association. The weekend was clouded with news of Col Reggie Kettles and Tom Gore of the 9th Bn (Long time London Representative). Poppies were laid for them in the plot.

Yours aye / Ian Bilboe

Addition:

“On Thurs Nov 10th I attended the annual Field of Remembrance service at Westminster Abbey. As usual it was a memorable occasion, especially for me. I wish to thank all the Cameronians who attended for the fantastic reception they afforded me….I was touched very much.’’

Eddie