August Last Post

A quiet August Last Post, with five Standards on parade and around 60 members of the public in attendance.

We remembered Gunner Kenneth Alfred Aylett, listed on the Brookwood Memorial to the Missing 1939-45, panel 3, col 1. Gunner Aylett was killed exactly 80 years ago today aged 19 while he was serving with the Royal Artillery, 557 Battery, 92 Searchlight Regiment. This unit was based in the Midlands, supporting heavy anti-aircraft guns against German bombers. It is not known why Gunner Aylett died, nor why he has no known grave and one can only speculate that he was devastatingly injured during a bombing raid. He is also commemorated at Mill Road cemetery in Cambridge, along with his father and his mother.

Given that Gunner Aylett served in a searchlight battery, our poem for the day was the highly-appropriate SEARCHLIGHT written during the First World War, in 1917, by F.S. Flint.

Mrs Ruth Moore sounded the Last Post. We had Standards from the Artist’s Rifles, the Woking Royal Navy Association Standard and the Royal British Legion, Bisley, Knaphill & West End Branch. Alan Lopez was our Standard Bearer and Tom Milne carried the Union Flag.

With thanks to Alan Meeks for the photographs, and Paul McCue for the research. Afterwards we had refreshments at the Trench Experience for refreshments.

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