Cadet assist at Tigers Regiment Memorial unveiling

1 October 2014

On Saturday 27th September 14 members of C (Tiger) Company LNR ACF attended the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) to assist the Royal Tigers Association (RTA)  unveil a memorial to the Royal Leicestershire Regiment.

The 4ft silver tiger, on top of a limestone plinth, cost £40,000 and was funded with the help of generous Leicester Mercury readers.  C Company did there bit by raising an amazing £1,000 towards the appeal . 

On arrival at the NMA we met up with Capt Smith MBE, secretary of the RTA for rehearsals, Cdt CSgt McGurk & Cdt Cpl Bryson were assistng with the unveiling of the Memorial and Cdt Sgt Major Allden & Cdt Sgt Moti were acting Lord Lieutenant's Cadets for Leicestershire & Rutland respectively. Whilst rehearsals continued, SMI Coyston (CSM Designate) took the other 10 cdts on a brief tour of the NMA.

The service started at 15.00hrs & among the 500 guests were Second World  War veterans and other former Tigers and Royal Anglian Regiment soldiers.  The VIP guests included our Commandant, Colonel Watson & his father who served in the regiment.

Two of the oldest former Tigers, who were also both prisoners of war during the Second World War, were chosen to unveil the memorial. They were John Sheppard, 100 of Rothley, who was captured in Norway and held in Germany for most of the war, and Harold Smalley, 99, of Whitwick, who was a prisoner in Singapore for more than three years, 

Captain Marriott, OC of C (Tiger) Company LNR ACF said; "Whilst not all of us took an active part in this very special day we all agreed that it was an honour and a privilege to be there surrounded by so many Tigers. Brigadier Fisher, President of the RTA was extremely pleased that we were in attendance, and with everything the Company has done in the past and intends to do in the future to keep alive the name of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment.

"The cadets and adults who took part were a credit to C Company and the army cadet force - Well done to you all."

A short video of the unveiling can be viewed here