Over 40 people joined us for the first Last Post of 2022.
Since 2017, we have remembered named individuals that have been killed in various conflicts. These individual remembrances are extra special when family members can be present as it makes the ceremony more poignant and emotional. Our historian, Paul McCue, also of the Secret WW2 Learning Network researches and presents details and biographies of individuals at each ceremony in a way that brings home the sacrifices made to a far greater extent than can be delivered via this page.
The Individual Remembrance today was no exception. Private Maynard Allen Paul of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps who died on this day 80 years ago, age 26. The images below tell his story.
Mrs Ruth Moore sounded the Last Post. Alan Lopez was our Standard Bearer and Tom Milne paraded the Union Flag. Also on parade were Eddie Jones parading The Artists Rifles Standard and Norman Holden parading the Royal British Legion Bisley, Knaphill and West End Branch Standard. Keeping everyone in check was our Parade Marshall, Ian Cartwright.
We followed the short ceremony and afterwards retired to the Trench Experience for refreshments.
Thank you to Alan Meeks for the photos and Paul McCue for the Individual Research details.
We were honoured to be joined by many members of the Leccia family, our Individual Remembrance subject for December.
We remembered Lieutenant Marcel Mathieu René Leccia. Lieutenant Leccia was a member of the French Army and a prisoner of war during the second world war. After escaping, he ended up in the UK and joined the Special Operations Executive where he was parachuted into France in April 1944. Captured and deported to Germany, he was executed (hanged) at Buchenwald concentration camp on 12 September 1944. He is commemorated on Brookwood’s Memorial to the Missing 1939-1945.
The Last Post was sounded by Mrs Ruth Moore and our Standard Bearer was Alan Lopez, with Tom Milne carrying the Union Flag. Eddie Jones paraded the French Tricolour Flag.
Afterwards we had refreshments at the Trench Experience.
Thanks to Alan Meeks for the photographs, and Paul McCue for the Individual Remembrance research.
For six years now, Woking District Scouts have held their annual Remembrance Service during the Monthly Brookwood Last Post Ceremony in November. Again this year, the County Commissioner, Joe Rogerson joined us along with the 1st Claygate Scout and Guide Band.
The 1st Claygate Scout and Guide Band led a significant sized parade of Beavers, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders numbering around 150 through the cemetery to the RAF Memorial.
We remembered Private A.F. Griffith Williams who was killed in action exactly 107 years ago today on 7 November 1914. He was a member of the Grenadier Guards and a Patrol Leader at the 9th North London Scout Troop.
The Last Post was sounded by a member of the 1st Claygate Scout and Guide Band. The very moving Piper’s Lament was played by a student from Gordon’s School.
Rob Bennet conducted proceedings, Alan Lopez paraded the BLP Standard and the Union Flag was carried by Senior Standard Bearer Tom Milne.