A moving Remembrance Day service at the British Club

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Colonel Roger Lewis, H.E. Brian Davidson, British Ambassador and Mark Bowling, President of the Royal British Legion lead the way in laying wreaths.
Colonel Roger Lewis, H.E. Brian Davidson, British Ambassador and Mark Bowling, President of the Royal British Legion lead the way in laying wreaths.

Many British expats were hugely disappointed and saddened to learn of the sale of the former British Embassy, on Wireless Road and to learn that the War Memorial was to be moved to the British Club in Silom.

However, the first Remembrance Service to be held at the British Club was on Sunday 10th November. It was very well attended and surpassed many expectations following the controversial move.

In attendance were many dignitaries and VIPs including H.E. Brian Davidson, British Ambassador, The British Defence Attaché Colonel Roger Lewis, together with Ambassadors and military personnel from other Embassies including U.S.A, Australia, New Zealand, Canada along with many other respected guests.

The Thai military also sent a delegation of senior officers from the Army, Navy and Air Force to show their respects and lay wreaths.

The Royal British Legion Chonburi Branch were particularly well represented at the new venue, with Mark Bowling (President) laying a wreath alongside the British Ambassador and Defence Attaché.

Bob Mann (Chairman) was also in attendance to read the Act of Remembrance, and the Royal British Legion standard was on parade, with the Standard Bearer, Richard Holmes. Many other members made the journey to pay their respects from Pattaya and the North East of Thailand, alongside Bangkok members who were on hand to raise money with a well-stocked Poppy stall.

Following the wreath laying guests were called onto the rear lawn of the Club to enjoy a superb buffet of British Fayre with complimentary drinks provided by the British Embassy and British Club.

Soon after the service and refreshments many Royal British Legion members then made their way up to Kanchanaburi for an additional service on Monday 11th November, which was equally well attended and very well organised. For further details of upcoming and future events please contact [email protected].

Defence Attaché Colonel Roger Lewis and Middy Campbell salute as Standard bearer Richard Holmes lowers the Royal British Legion standard to the sound of the Buglers.
Defence Attaché Colonel Roger Lewis and Middy Campbell salute as Standard bearer Richard Holmes lowers the Royal British Legion standard to the sound of the Buglers.
The British Ambassador greets Archie Dunlop.
The British Ambassador greets Archie Dunlop.
Thai military representatives joined the Remembrance Service to pay their respects.
Thai military representatives joined the Remembrance Service to pay their respects.
The newly installed War Memorial now in the grounds of The British Club, moved from the former Embassy site on Wireless Road.
The newly installed War Memorial now in the grounds of The British Club, moved from the former Embassy site on Wireless Road.
Many children from various schools joined the service to lay wreaths and pay their respects
Many children from various schools joined the service to lay wreaths and pay their respects
Wonderful to see young children from the Cubs on parade.
Wonderful to see young children from the Cubs on parade.
H.E. Brian Davidson enjoying a drink with attendees.
H.E. Brian Davidson enjoying a drink with attendees.
Kimberley with husband, Defence Attaché Colonel Roger Lewis.
Kimberley with husband, Defence Attaché Colonel Roger Lewis.
Colonel Roger and Kimberley Lewis stand with members of The British Club Pipes and Drums band.
Colonel Roger and Kimberley Lewis stand with members of The British Club Pipes and Drums band.
The refreshments on the rear lawn were very well received by those in attendance.
The refreshments on the rear lawn were very well received by those in attendance.
Reverend Norman Jones conducted the memorial services.
Reverend Norman Jones conducted the memorial services.
A fantastic crowd of people attended the first Remembrance Service held at The British Club
A fantastic crowd of people attended the first Remembrance Service held at The British Club
British Ambassador H.E. Brian Davidson delivers his Remembrance Day speech.
British Ambassador H.E. Brian Davidson delivers his Remembrance Day speech.