VIDEO: Wreaths laid at Litten Gardens in Chichester

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THE ROYAL Sussex Regimental Association paid tribute to its fallen members at the Chichester war memorial today (August 4).

Marking 100 years since the outbreak of the first world war, former members of the regiment Tony Booker and Dave Tilley laid a wreath and a framed ‘Soldier’s Prayer’.

LtoR, Tony Booker and Dave Tilley from the Royal Sussex Regimental Assocation, with mayor of Chichester John Hughes, laying wreathes on behalf of the fallen at the war memorial in Litten Gardens.

LtoR, Tony Booker and Dave Tilley from the Royal Sussex Regimental Assocation, with mayor of Chichester John Hughes, laying wreathes on behalf of the fallen at the war memorial in Litten Gardens.

John Hughes, mayor of Chichester, also laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Chichester.

“It’s a great honour for me to be here today to honour the citizens of Chichester who died during the first world war,” he said.

“It’s an honour to be mayor on this historic occasion.”

Before the regiment was disbanded, Mr Tilley was the last in a long line of his family to join the regiment, with his grandfather serving in the first world war in the second battalion.

Mr Booker said he was there today to represent the Chichester branch of the association.

“I’m representing the guys from the Chichester association and laying the wreath on their behalf for all those that fell in the first world war.”

The Soldier’s Prayer read:

“One hundred years have gone and past

A soldier prays that peace will last

His duty done and friendships formed

Comrades forever, some we have mourned

Open his chest, medals worn proud

He marches with friends through friendly crowds

One hundred years on and we will pray

For peace now and every day

Amen”

 

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