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New Garden Of Remembrance Honours Army Bomb Disposal Experts

It is the first and only memorial in the UK dedicated to both EOD and Search.

A garden of remembrance has opened in Oxfordshire to honour those who hunt down and destroy unexploded enemy bombs.

It is the first memorial in the UK dedicated to both Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Search.

The two distinct services have worked together for over 70 years, allied together in their efforts to locate, secure and save lives.

826 EOD and Search personnel have lost their lives performing their duty, protecting others from enemy explosives.

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Hundreds more have been wounded, forced to live with life-changing injuries as a result of their work.

The garden of remembrance offers a place to remember and reflect.

It is set within the grounds of the Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search (DEMS) Training Regiment based in Bicester.

The garden was officially opened in front of specially invited guests from all three branches of the forces, and by the man whose idea it was, Major (Retired) Carl Tomlinson from the Royal Engineers;

"I'd like families to take advantage of it.

"I know it's behind the wire, but it's nothing a simple photocall can't resolve.

"It also gives the regiment their own private garden.

"For the instructors here who are still serving, it's somewhere for them to come and take five minutes out."  

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