Saturday, 29 March 2008

Royal Anglian Regiment: memorial appeal

The Duke of Gloucester, C-in-C of the Royal Anglian Regiment together with Ross Kemp, Kate Adie and Martin Bell joined other guests at the launch of an appeal for funds to extend the memorial to Royal Anglians killed in action.
A high-tech memorial is planned for the regiment's museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire and is likely to cost in the region of £200,000. It will include a digital archive which will use audio/visual displays to commemorate those who have been killed on active service, along with showing what day-to-day life is like for soldiers in modern battle theatres.
An appeal to build a more traditional memorial has already raised in the region of £300,000. This circular memorial will have a statue of a Royal Anglian infantryman and will also be located at Duxford. It will carry the names of the 68 soldiers killed in action since the regiment's formation 50 years ago.
Those honoured will include Pte Chris Gray, L/ Cpl George Davey, Cpl Darren Bonner, L/ Cpl Alex Hawkins, Pte Tony Rawson, Capt David Hicks, Pte John Thrumble, Pte Aaron James McClure and Pte Robert Foster who all lost their lives fighting for their country in Afghanistan.
Funds have also gone directly to some of the 57 soldiers wounded on the tour, to help them recover from their injuries.