For­got­ten vol­un­teers of the two World Wars

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters To The Editor -

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.

East­bury, Berk­shire

Tell them of us: Vet­er­ans gather by the Com­mon­wealth Memo­rial Gate in Hyde Park

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