Dunkirk Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday With WWI Tribute

The event at Catterick Garrison was a celebration of two centenaries: the 1918 Armistice and David Evans' birth.

David Evans being helped to the memorial by two soldiers.

A Dunkirk veteran has unveiled a memorial at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire to those who fought in the First World War.

David Evans, who served as a cavalryman with the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own), was celebrating his 100th birthday as well as paying tribute to those who fought in the Great War.

Catterick Garrison wanted something special to mark the centenary of the Armistice and a statue of a locomotive was commissioned.

The idea behind the design being to remind people of the hundreds of thousands of British soldiers who travelled to the Western Front by steam train.

Helped by two soldiers, Mr Evans walked from his wheelchair to the memorial, draped in the Union Flag, before unveiling it.

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Jordan said:

“It is a masterpiece that will live on through generation after generation. It is a powerful piece of stonework that will forever stand in memoriam of the fallen throughout both World Wars and conflicts since.

“It will not only honour the dead but stand as a mark of our gratitude to all the Armed Forces personnel, both past and present.”

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The memorial is one of four statues at Catterick.

The memorial joins three other stone monuments at Catterick; one is of the Garrison’s founder, Lord Baden-Powell, another is of a Great War Tommy and the third is of a member of the Royal Flying Corps.