Bugler needed to play the Last Post at Remembrance Sunday memorial to Bermondsey’s fallen

Josh Salisbury (22 October, 2018) Culture

This year is the centenary of the Armistice - meaning there is no bugler currently available to play the Last Post to Bermondsey's fallen soldiers

25935Cadets in front of the memorial at a previous Remembrance Sunday event

A bugler is being sought to sound out the Last Post at a WW1 Centenary memorial to the fallen soldiers of Bermondsey on Remembrance Sunday.

The ceremony, held every year at Old Jamaica Road’s memorial, pays tribute to the 972 men who were killed from the 22nd Battalion of the London Regiment (Queen’s).

But this year, because of the centenary of the Armistice on November 11th, the organisers do not have anyone to sound out the Last Post – meaning the search is on for a volunteer.

Lt Col Peter Swanson, honorary president of 6th (Bermondsey) Battalion Queen’s Royal Regiment Old Comrades Association, said: “Remembrance Sunday this year falls exactly on 11 November and is particularly significant being the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1.

“We are particularly keen this year to have Last Post and Reveille played by a bugler or trumpeter during the ceremony but, unfortunately, none is available from military sources because of other ceremonies.”

Mr Swanson urged a volunteer from the public to get in touch who would be able to play the calls at the ceremony.

The short wreath-laying ceremony will be held at 10am on Remembrance Sunday, November 11th, which allows people to attend other remembrance events at 11am.

It will be conducted by clergy from St. James’ Church and will feature cadets from the 72 Detachment ACF on parade.

Members of the public are also welcome to attend the memorial, Mr Swanson said, which is situated near the junction of Old Jamaica Road and Abbey Street.

Are you able to help? Contact Lt Col Peter Swanson on peterswanson1066@yahoo.co.uk or phone 01424 734444.

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