New Milton Town Council were delighted and honoured to host the New Milton Remembers event at the Indian Memorial Obelisk, Barton on Sea, on Wednesday 10 July 2019.
On behalf of the Town Cllr Alvin Reid Town Mayor welcomed the Deputy Lieutenant, High Commission of India, Sikh Council Hampshire, local schools and residents gathered for a service and wreath-laying at the memorial. Nick Saunders, Chairman of Milton Heritage Society, provided a short history as attached and an exhibition later at Barton Court Studios. Goff Beck of the Royal British Legion was presented with a small kirpan sword in recognition of all the work he diligently undertook towards the last two year’s memorial events.
With an array of vibrant marigolds, Standard Bearers, Bugler and Dhol drummers led the procession at the beginning of the event. Many attended to give their thanks and pay their respects. Wreaths were laid by the Deputy Lieutenant on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Indian Military Adviser on behalf of the High Commission of India, Town Mayor of New Milton Town Council, Vice-Chairman of Hampshire County Council, President of New Milton Royal British Legion and Vice-Chairman of New Forest District Council.
This is the second such event to take place, following the inaugural service on 10 July 2018 that marked the 101st anniversary of the obelisk, having been erected in 1917, and is one of only two freestanding Indian Army memorials in Britain. The Sikh Council Hampshire have been working closely with New Milton Town Council in arranging these events, and the 10 July is now included in the annual civic diary as an official event.
Father George Ngwa from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church conducted the service and Dr Girija Dabke sang a Remembrance Recital “Shed a Tear, Lest we Forget” as attached.
Photo Credit: Derek Maidment.
15th July 2019 Contact: Graham Flexman, Town Clerk, NMTC