|In 2003 a suggestion
was made by Suez Veteran
Harold Heath to the Committee of the Suez
Veterans Association that a Memorial
to those who lost their lives in the Canal Zone should be
built at the National Memorial Arboretum. After much
discussion Harold was given the job of submitting some designs
with costs and making preliminary arrangements with the
Arboretum management of the time. Things
progressed well, donations were received which increased
the amount the SVA had pledged, a plot was obtained and
preparation work began. The memorial was unveiled
at a dedication service held at the Arboretum on the 13th
The service was taken by Rev Arthur Clarke, himself a Suez Veteran, (Ex Corporal, Cheshire Regiment,) and about 300 Suez Vets and family members were in
attendance. Others officiating at the service were: Ron Watt, (Ex RAF Police,) John Dwyer, (Ex 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment,) Tony Rigden, (Ex RAF Signals,) and Dennis Sanders, (Ex Royal Army Veterinary Corps.) A wreath was laid by John Davis, (Ex 16th Para Brigade,) and Jeff Malone, (Ex RAF) played the Last Post.
The plot is at the corner of two walkways and consists of a pyramid shaped Memorial Plinth.
This memorial is dedicated to the
who served in the
Canal Zone of Egypt
and is a tribute to
those who died in the
course of their duty.
1939 - 1956
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