Remembrance

Royal Artillery Honour Their World War One Fallen

Officers and soldiers from the home of the Royal Artillery in Larkhill, Wiltshire have been honouring their fallen World War One comrades by...

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of the Great War, The Royal Regiment of Artillery commenced reciting the Roll of Honour which contains the names of the 49,076 Gunners who gave their lives during the First World War.

Master Gunner, Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB delivered the first names at the event held in the Morning Chapel at the Cathedral. Readings by regular, reserved and veterans will take place in various locations across the world leading up to remembrance. 

Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory said:

"As you read those names and realise the scale of the sacrifice I found it humbling and deeply moving" 

This is believed to be the first time a reading has taken place of all the names from the Royal Artillery Roll of Honour.

More than 880,000 of all ranks passed through the Regiment during World War One.

Of these 49,076 were killed in action or died,129,156 were wounded and 6,689 were reported missing.

A total loss of 184,921 almost a quarter of those who served. Padre Tom Hiney said:

"Sometimes the statistics, particularly to do with World War One, are so enormous that we remember the numbers and not the individuals"

Forces Radio BFBS Reporter Chris Sturgess went along to the event held at Salisbury Cathedral.