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Veterans' tribute to Dorsetshire Regiment on anniversary of Tirah expedition
VETERANS gathered to mark the anniversary of a campaign which claimed the lives of Dorset men more than a century ago.
Those who fought bravely in the Tirah expedition on the North West Frontier in 1897 are immortalised on the Tirah Memorial Obelisk in Dorchester’s Borough Gardens.
Ex-servicemen, members of the Royal British Legion and Dorchester’s mayor gathered there on to pay their respects to the men of the Dorsetshire Regiment who lost their lives.
The Dorsetshire Regiment was among those sent to the North Western Frontier after serious unrest and raids on forts.
At the memorial service, a special mention was given to Private C Reed, whose name has recently been added to the memorial.
Researchers at the Keep Military Museum are asking for descendants of the soldier to come forward in a bid to learn more about his life.
Private Reed was originally posted as ‘missing’ immediately after the battle.
The discrepancy was discovered by Keep volunteer John Pitman who compared the names on a plate in Sherborne Abbey with those on the Dorchester memorial.
Also given a special mention was Private Samuel Vickery who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his courage in battle after he rescued a comrade during an attack on Dargai Heights in India.
Mayor Stella Jones, who laid a wreath at the memorial, said it is important to not only remember those who fought in the past, but also those serving the country today.
“It is very important to remember those who have fought and lost their lives for the country.
“And, of course, to think of those who are serving in our forces today and their families.
“It’s very nice to see so many people gathered here today.
“Next year we look forward to a bigger commemoration to mark 100 years since the First World War.”
Anyone with information about Private Reed should call the Keep Museum on 01305 264066.
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