September 25th, 2016

Bromsgrove falls silent to mark VJ day anniversary

Bromsgrove falls silent to mark  VJ day anniversary Bromsgrove falls silent to mark  VJ day anniversary
Picture by Marcus Mingins 3215017MMB

BROMSGROVE will fall silent at 11am on August 15 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

The conclusion to the Second World War will be marked with a parade and service at the Burma Campaign Memorial, Crown Close.

The memorial remembers the soldiers, sailors and airmen who served and were lost in the Burma Campaign between 1943 and 1945 and is the largest one of its kind in the UK.

The service will be led by Padre Canon Graham Lyall from Worcester and Revd Ray Khan of St John’s Church, Bromsgrove.

The last post and reveille will be followed by a wreath being laid on behalf of the Government by the new Member of Parliament for Mid Worcestershire, the Rt Hon Nigel Huddleston MP.

Bromsgrove District Council chairman, Coun Caroline Spencer, will represent the district by laying a wreath on behalf of the people of Bromsgrove and the President of the  Bromsgrove Burma Star Association, Roy Hodge, will lay a wreath on behalf of the remaining six veterans.

In preparation for this year’s 70th anniversary commemoration, Bromsgrove District Council has refurbished the memorial to preserve and maintain its significance in the town.

A Burmese pine tree has also been planted adjacent to the memorial to complement the theme of the campaign memorial.

Ex-servicemen and women and the public are welcome to attend the short service and wreath laying ceremony.


Pictured above are Eric Davis, who served in Burma between 1944 and 1945, recovering aircraft with the RAF, the president of the Bromsgrove Burma Star Association Roy Hodge, who served in Burma from 1938 to 1943 with the Gloucestershire Regiment and James Cross who served with Royal Indian Army Service Corps from 1943 to 1946 in India and Burma, commanding an ambulance unit and then as a liaison officer to the Americans.