Burma Star Memorial Service

On Wednesday 10th June at 3pm, a number of staff and pupils will gather with veterans and serving military personnel to participate in a special short service to honour those who served in the “Forgotten Armies” of the Eastern Campaigns of World War Two. The Burma Star Association organises an annual commemoration and this year West Buckland School Chaplain Andrew Watkinson-Trim will lead a short open air service at “Hill 629”, the Burma Memorial on the Filleigh Estate. The Granddaughter of 1st Viscount General Slim, who commanded the 14th Army in Burma will be present, along with a Bugler from 6th Battalion The Rifles for the Last Post. A lone piper will play out across the magnificent views as the service ends. Former pupils of the school who fell in Burma will be remembered along with the local men of North Devon who served in the Burma campaign. The Burma Star Association is a British veterans’ association for ex-servicemen and women of all services who served in the Burma Campaign of World War Two. It was formed to promote comradeship and the welfare of its members. Its patron is Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Each year he writes a personal letter of greeting to those who gather at “Hill 629” on the Filleigh Estate to honour those who served in Burma and beyond, the families they left behind, and to whom many never returned. For more information about the service, please contact the School Chaplain:

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