Forgotten volunteers of the two World Wars
SIR – It is admirable that the Commonwealth Memorial Gates at Hyde Park Corner commemorate “the five million volunteers from the Indian sub-continent, Africa and the Caribbean who fought with Britain in the two World Wars” – to quote the main inscription.
That omits, however, several tens of thousands of volunteers from dependencies in Asia (Malaya, Singapore, Hong Kong), the Indian Ocean (Mauritius, Seychelles), the Atlantic (St Helena, the Falklands), the Pacific (Fiji, Tonga, Samoa et al) and the Mediterranean (Gibraltar, Malta).
Let us honour their heroism and sacrifice on this Remembrance Sunday. I also appeal to the Memorial Gates Trust to give them a more tangible tribute by the addition of an appropriate inscription.
Tell them of us: Veterans gather by the Commonwealth Memorial Gate in Hyde Park