The county's new Memorial Garden Field of Remembrance was officially unveiled in Winchester

Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Dame Mary Fagan lays a wreath in the garden

Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Dame Mary Fagan lays a wreath in the garden

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

IT is a sea of tiny crosses that represent 10,260 giant sacrifices made by Hampshire’s brave.

Carefully placed in row after row and decorated with a commemorative poppy they are a small but poignant tribute to the fallen.

Yesterday the county’s new Memorial Garden Field of Remembrance was officially unveiled in honour of the men of the Royal Hampshire Regiment.

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The Band and Corps of Drums of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force

As the buglers sounded the Standard was lowered and soldiers past and present paused to reflect and remember during the special service at Serle’s House in Winchester.

The event, on the eve of the centenary of the start of the First World War, was organised by the Royal Hampshire Regiment Trust.

Event organiser Lieutenant Colonel Colin Bulleid, secretary to the trustees, said the event had been timed with other services across the county and to coincide with work recently completed at the museum.

He said: “We have completely reorganised the regiment museum and we were looking for an event to highlight this and the start of the First World War.

“This is about commemorating the soldiers of the regiment who fought and died for us, not only in the First World War, but also during World War Two and conflicts beyond.”

The great and good of Hampshire including all former soldiers who served with the Hampshire Regiment, were invited to the poignant event.

He added: “If you come from a Hampshire family of more than two generations you have a good chance they have fought with us.”

Wreaths were laid alongside the 10,259 poppy-bearing wooden crosses which were carefully placed in the ground earlier in the week by six cadets from Eastleigh platoons, who volunteered.

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Among them was Lance Corporal Sophie Groves, 16, who is with the 11 platoon.

“It’s a really important event and it’s good to be part of it,” she said. “I’ve been in cadets most of my life and to see all this is amazing.”

Also paying tribute was guest of honour Sergeant Johnson Beharry VC, who serves with the 1st Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment – nicknamed The Tigers.

Honour He was awarded the Victoria Cross for twice saving members of his unit from ambushes in 2004 in Iraq during which he sustained serious head injuries.

He said: “Today I’m here to remember the great men who laid down their lives to give us the platform we’re standing on today. It’s an honour to be in their presence.”

One of the more senior veterans, Reginald Argyle, 91, was born on St Thomas Street in Winchester in 1923 and fought with the 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment and later with the Gloucestershire Regiment.

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Royal Hampshire Regiment veteran Reginald Argyle, 91, with Sgt Johnson Beharry VC

He laid a cross for his best friend, Leonard Burgess, who threw himself over Mr Argyle during a mortar attack in Italy during the Second World War.

He said: “This is the first time this has happened here and I put three crosses there: one for each of my granddads killed in 1917 and one for my best pal, who I went to school with, who was killed in 1943.”

He was accompanied by his son, 62-year-old Allan, the honorary secretary for the London branch and a standard-bearer.

Sid Whistle, 75, who served with the 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment between 1957-1960, said: “I feel very privileged and very proud to be able to be here.”

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9:07am Sat 2 Aug 14

hayz90 says...

how very beautiful .but also very sad R.I.P for all those brave people who sacrofised there life to make our country a better place for us to live in xx shame nothing can stop the murderers n rapist n pedos amongst our own country when these men died to make it safe for us all
how very beautiful .but also very sad R.I.P for all those brave people who sacrofised there life to make our country a better place for us to live in xx shame nothing can stop the murderers n rapist n pedos amongst our own country when these men died to make it safe for us all hayz90
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5:50pm Sat 2 Aug 14

mickey01 says...

R.I.P and to think they fought for freedom and now we are being told what to do by the very people we fought against
R.I.P and to think they fought for freedom and now we are being told what to do by the very people we fought against mickey01
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4:50am Sun 3 Aug 14

skeptik says...

My late father a regular airman from 1936 until 1949 was as pleased as punch when the EEC (EU) came about - he had been through war and so had his father - Europe linking up was to him likely to put an end to centuries of European wars - Churchill put it 'the rivers of Europe have run red with blood for a thousand years'. Being told what to do - we sit in the corner like a spoilt child whining all of the time - upon a time this great nation would lead now it blames everything and everyone for being in self inflicted doldrums.
My late father a regular airman from 1936 until 1949 was as pleased as punch when the EEC (EU) came about - he had been through war and so had his father - Europe linking up was to him likely to put an end to centuries of European wars - Churchill put it 'the rivers of Europe have run red with blood for a thousand years'. Being told what to do - we sit in the corner like a spoilt child whining all of the time - upon a time this great nation would lead now it blames everything and everyone for being in self inflicted doldrums. skeptik
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11:44am Sun 3 Aug 14

southy says...

Britian went to War to protect there intrests world wide, The Empire, control of the worlds monetary system and world trade control. Thier excuse was to protect Belguim Neutrality, but in reality it was to drag Belguim into the war against there will in joining the conflict, first British, German battle (the first battle on the western front) took place on Belguim soil on the 23rd August 1914 at Mons-Conde Canal, by nightfall the Germans had won the battle putting the British into a long retreat.
Britian went to War to protect there intrests world wide, The Empire, control of the worlds monetary system and world trade control. Thier excuse was to protect Belguim Neutrality, but in reality it was to drag Belguim into the war against there will in joining the conflict, first British, German battle (the first battle on the western front) took place on Belguim soil on the 23rd August 1914 at Mons-Conde Canal, by nightfall the Germans had won the battle putting the British into a long retreat. southy
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7:02am Mon 4 Aug 14

skeptik says...

Southy - is it not true that many in the establishment argued strongly against becoming involved - with predictions of financial disaster for the city and our economy. Others demanded that we honour the 1904 entente and stand by it . Some argued that a small ill equipped regular army trained to fight small 'bush wars' was not ready for a continental war. From about 1870 Britain was in decline industrially - still making wealth as the exports were high value but slipping back as others were in competition and catching up. It is true to say that the trade union movement and socialist parties of Britain and Germany were totally against conflict. See: Hansard 1914 and the Avalon project for documentation of the era.
Southy - is it not true that many in the establishment argued strongly against becoming involved - with predictions of financial disaster for the city and our economy. Others demanded that we honour the 1904 entente and stand by it . Some argued that a small ill equipped regular army trained to fight small 'bush wars' was not ready for a continental war. From about 1870 Britain was in decline industrially - still making wealth as the exports were high value but slipping back as others were in competition and catching up. It is true to say that the trade union movement and socialist parties of Britain and Germany were totally against conflict. See: Hansard 1914 and the Avalon project for documentation of the era. skeptik
  • Score: 1

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