Old Comrades pay respects

Member of the Portadown Branch of the Royal Irish Fusiliers Old Comrades Association during a recent visit to the Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey.

Member of the Portadown Branch of the Royal Irish Fusiliers Old Comrades Association during a recent visit to the Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey.

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The Portadown Branch of the Royal Irish Fusiliers Old Comrades’ Association(OCA) recently travelled to the Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey to visit the graves of soldiers who died of their wounds, back in Britain, following their service during the First World War.

Six soldiers from the RIF are interred at Brookwood.

Crosses were placed on the graves of the soldiers, who came from all over Ireland and from England.

The Last Post and Reveille were sounded by bugler, Corporal Ian Crangle, and a lament was played by piper, Corporal David Hogg.

A wreath was laid on the Table of Sacrifice by Major Dick Kilroy and the Exhortation was given by Colonel Hubert McAllister. There were over 40 in the group.

Standard Bearers were Sam Thompson and Steven Reid.

The trip was organised by Colonel Arthur Reid, President of the Branch of the OCA.

The visit was financially supported by Lottery Awards for All.