Remembering fallen of Burma Campaign at special service in St Albans

Remembering the fallen of the Burma Campaign

Remembering the fallen of the Burma Campaign - Credit: Archant

An open invitation has been issued to join St Albans Mayor and Burma veterans at a remembrance service this Sunday, August 16, to mark VJ and VE Days.

The commemorative service will be held from 2pm at the war memorials in Woodland Park, Jersey Farm, and has been organised by Don Dell, chair of St Albans Royal British Legion and Reg Cox, 91, who served in the Royal Marines during the Burma Campaign.

Reg was also chairman of St Albans Burma Star Association until it disbanded in 2010 because of the increasing age and infirmity of its remaining members.

The service will be led by the Mayor’s Chaplain, the Rev Em Coley, with music from the Salvation Army. Wreaths will be laid by representatives of the Royal British Legion and of the combined forces.

Mayor, Cllr Salih Gaygusuz, said: “This service of remembrance is our opportunity to stand with the Burma veterans in remembering their brave comrades who died defending our freedom. I want to thank the Burma Star Association and the Royal British Legion for honouring and supporting our ex-servicemen and women.”

Don Dell also extended an invitation to join in the remembrance service, adding: “The Burma campaign was the longest and hardest part of the war and many lives were lost. Please come on Sunday to honour the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to make the world a better place.”

One of the two memorials in the park is for soldiers who lost their lives in the Burma Campaign against the Japanese Army in 1941-1945. The other memorial is for servicemen and women who died in the Korean War and Royal Navy personnel who carried out amphibious raids throughout the Second World War.