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Reginald Smith Re-dedication

Sylvie Bullen-Bell
June 8, 2019

Reginald Smith is having a memorial stone re-dedicated on Saturday 8th June at 11.30am.

The re-dedication will take place at plot GG439 with a bugler preceding the service at Colchester Cemetery.

Mrs. Beartrice Smith will be greeting any veterans or interested people who wish to speak with her. There will be no reception afterwards, however there will be space for veterans to continue a re-union at the Britania Gurkha Restaurant and bar on Berechurch Road.

Reginald who was aged 19 serving with the Middlesex Regiment in Hong Kong when they were captured by the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941. They were shipped to Japan but were torpedoed on leaving Hong Kong. Luckily Reginald had been captain of a water polo team and was a strong swimmer and was able to reach one of the islands off Hong Kong but this only deferred his passage to Japan where he spent the rest of the war.

All interested members of the public are invited.

Date: Saturday 8th June

Time: 11:30am

Location: Colchester Cemetery, Mersea Road, Colchester, Essex. CO2 8RU.