London Ambulance Service will be remembering those who were killed or injured in combat this Sunday (13 November) at the service at the Cenotaph, Whitehall, and other events across the city.
Members of the London Ambulance Service’s ceremonial unit will join the armed forces, political leaders and members of the royal family in remembrance of those who lost their lives.
In total, 36 people working for the Ambulance Service in London lost their lives during the World War 2 (WW2) blitz. A further 121 members of staff were seriously injured and 30,000 casualties of air raids were taken to hospital. Three George medals and nine British Empire medals were awarded to London Ambulance staff for heroism during WW2.
Director of Operations, Richard Webber, said: “With so many staff losing their life or injured in WW2 it is especially important to our Service to remember. And, like me, many of our staff have military backgrounds and take pride in being part of this important ceremony.”
As well as observing two minutes silence, London Ambulance Service staff will march with other service personnel and lay a wreath at the memorial.
Resource Coordinator, Andy Raggett, who served in the Royal Air Force (RAF), will be attending the event. He said: “It is an honour to parade and march alongside veterans of the various conflicts that Britain has been involved in over the last century.
“Having followed my father and grandfather into the RAF in the late 1970’s, it is still important for me personally to remember those, from all branches of the armed forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we now take for granted.”
Also attending the ceremony is Emergency Medical Technician Trevor Taylor. He said: “While marching down Whitehall, we often see many old soldiers, sailors and airmen with mobility problems, who will still march in respect of fallen friends and comrades. It’s a very proud moment and many will shed a tear or two as we pay our respects.”
And Senior Operations Manager, Ann Elliot, added: “It’s a very humbling and emotional day. It’s also a time to reflect on the sacrifices some families have given for our country.”
As well as the ceremony at the Cenotaph, London Ambulance Service staff were at the opening of the Garden of Remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday (7 November). The Service will also be attending the annual service of remembrance at City Hall on Friday (11 November) and the Festival of Remembrance at the royal Albert Hall on Saturday (12 November) as well as other local events.
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- Members of the ceremonial unit attending the service include: Brian Hayes, Paramedic Team Leader, Andy Raggett, Resource Coordinator, Ann Elliot, Senior Operations Manager, Patient Transport Service, Helen Wigley, Area Controller, Emergency Operations Centre, Lee Davis, Paramedic, Motorcycle Response Unit, Trevor Taylor, Emergency Medical Technician, John Huggins, Business Manager, Patient Transport Service.