November 10th, 2020.

Every Tuesday following Remembrance Sunday each year, a gathering at the Memorial in Seaford Cemetery commemorates the West Indian, Irish and Canadian soldiers who were camped in and around the town during the First Word War and later. Many of the West Indian troops fell ill from the 1918 Flu epidemic and died. 

Usually this event, organised by the Seahaven Branch of the Royal Society of St George Committee Member and former Seaford Town Mayor, Linda Wallraven, sees representatives from the countries involved, along with many Veteran Association Standards and other supporters. This is usually followed by a gathering for light refreshments after the formalities. Last year that was at The View in Seaford.

Because of the Lockdown this year, the full event was cancelled, so a small number of local people, as well as members of the Seahaven Branch assembled by the Memorial in the Cemetery. At just before 11.00am today, Branch President, Laurie Holland, laid the wreath, then following the exhortation, Heidi Watkins sounded Last Post, then Reveille after the two minute silence. The Kohima exhortation followed and then the event was closed by a short address of thanks by Chairman Bob Peedle MBE.

President Laurie Holland was flanked by the Standard of St George carried by Frank Holland and the Standard of the Canadian Veterans.

Pictured above: A line-up of some of those who attended this year's event, Branch President Laurie Holland is in the centre alongside the Standard of St George.
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