Remembrance

British Personnel Joined By International Allies For Remembrance Service In Iraq

UK troops were joined by their international allies marking Armistice Day while deployed on Operation Shader in Iraq.

Guardsmen and engineers from the British Army were joined by their international allies as they marked Armistice Day while deployed on Operation Shader in Iraq; personnel from the Grenadier Guards and the Royal Engineers are there to train Iraqi troops.

In total more than 300 personnel attended the short service at Camp Taji near Baghdad.

Shortly before 11am, 2,500 miles from their home base in Hampshire, soldiers stood to attention as a Rifles bugler sounded the Last Post and then The Flowers of the Forest was played by a piper.

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A bugler from the Rifles plays the Last Post.

Amongst those gathered to mark Armistice Day were troops from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada and the United States.

"There’s a lot of nationalities here working in Iraq at this present time," said Chaplain Allen Pipes.

"So for us it has that more significance that we’re actually doing it on operations."

"It’s great to see so many nations here today,” added Captain Stephen Wilson.

"Of course they were invited but I think we had about 300 people from about seven or eight countries and that’s great to see.

"Remembrance is something we do well and it’s good to see other nations doing it well as well."

LCpl Scott Hetherington memorial Iraq

Wreaths were laid by all three British services, along with their international allies.

A final wreath was laid for Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington who lost his life in Camp Taji in 2017; he was the first British soldier to die in Iraq since 2009.