|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 March 2004.
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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