Shropshire

Gurkha lieutenant leads service at Shropshire church

Poppies
Image caption The Royal British Legion has sold 46 million poppies this year

A platoon commander with the Gurkhas has read the Remembrance Day lesson at his village church as services have taken place around Shropshire.

Lt Tom Baker read the lesson at Lydbury North Church while his 87-year-old grandfather, Commander Edward Sawkins, read the roll of honour.

Meanwhile in Shrewsbury, RAF Shawbury personnel took part in the service at St Chads Church and the town's parade.

In Telford, an evening service was to be held at The Place in Oakengates.

The Queen led the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London, as commemorations were held across the UK in honour of those who died in wars and conflicts.

Commemorations have been given added significance this year by another 12 months of heavy UK military losses in Afghanistan.

The British Legion says it has sold a record 46 million poppies across the country this year.

'Very proud'

Lt Baker, of the 1st Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles, recently returned from operations in Helmand Province. The battalion lost four of its members during the six-month tour.

The 25-year-old said he was proud of the work achieved by his battalion and was now looking forward to spending time with his family.

He added it was important to him to take part in remembrance events in his village and he read a passage from the Book of Revelation which he said was about dealing with sad times and moving forward in a positive way.

His grandfather, a former Royal Navy commander, has read the roll of honour many times at Lydford North Church.

Lt Baker said: "I clearly remember him reading the names from the roll of honour in the church when I was young so I'm proud to be coming back to my village and being able to do this."

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