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Picture special: Memorial stone unveiled in Gheluvelt Park

Worcester Editorial 5th Nov, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A MEMORIAL stone to the Worcestershire Regiment was officially unveiled at an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gheluvelt.

Friday’s (October 31) event saw Julia Brotherton, the granddaughter of Major Edward Hankey who led the British troops, unveil the stone in Gheluvelt Park.

During the battle, of the 400 soldiers who fought, 187 were killed or wounded.

The park opened in 1922 in honour of those who fell at the battle.

The granite stone, taken from a quarry in Malvern, reads: “In memory of all the ranks of the Worcestershire Regiment who served their country at home and overseas.”

After the unveiling ceremony the crowd, which included Worcester MP Robin Walker, Mayor of Worcester, Coun Alan Amos, and Alderman Sabine Vanderhaeghen and Patrick Baert, representing the Major of Zonnebeke in Belgium, moved to the memorial sculpture in the park where wreathes were laid and the names of the 34 from Worcestershire who died were read out.

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