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255 Squadron Association
News archive 2015
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20.Sep.2015 (Battle of Britain Sunday) : Notwithstanding that 255 wasn’t reformed for the Second World War until after the Battle of Britain, representatives of 255 Squadron Association were nevertheless invited by the Mayor’s Parlour of the London Borough of Harrow to attend both a Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication at St.John the Evangelist Church, Great Stanmore (Fighter Command’s "own" church), and afterwards a social gathering and wreath-laying at Bentley Priory, the Command’s wartime HQ.
The gathering was well attended. The standards of local cadet units and veterans associations were paraded and the Representative Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London presented the ceremonial sword to the Priest for the duration of the service, suitably in its scabbard as a symbol of peace.
The congregation was in good voice, although some did struggle with the setting of a little-known hymn to the tune of the Dambusters March! After refreshments and speeches on the terrace of Bentley Priory, there followed a reading of an extract from Robert Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen. Wreaths were then laid beneath the gate-guardian Spitfire and Hurricane.
08.Nov.2015 (Remembrance Sunday) : Earlier this year, it was brought to the Association’s attention that there is no war memorial in North Harrow, Middlesex, recording the sacrifice in January 1943 of Charles Reginald ("Reggie") Hiles. Visiting his grave in Annaba, Algeria, is currently impractical due to the unrest there. Although Reggie’s family no longer live in Harrow, six descendants and two partners, together spanning three generations, assembled for the civic Remembrance Sunday parade. Mrs Ann Reilly, Reggie’s daughter, laid a Squadron wreath in her father’s memory.
Also present to lay a second wreath was LAC T.D. (Derek) Smith, who served with 255 in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy as an electrician and subsequently became Harrow’s street lighting engineer. Those able to stay behind after the ceremony then gathered at the Travellers Rest in Kenton for lunch.
Thanks are due to the Mayor’s Parlour for their help in organising 255’s participation in the wider commemorative proceedings.
11.Nov.2015 (Armistice Day) : The two-minute silence was observed at the Animals in War memorial in Park Lane, London, and a 255 Squadron wreath was laid in memory of Bruce and Wilbur.
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