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Remembrance service brings special memories

Gosport's civic remembrance service, at the War Memorial Hospital on Sunday 11 November, will have a special meaning for the town.

The ceremony, to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, will have an added significance because of Gosport's strong historic links with the Royal Marines.

After the war, the Royal Marines worked with the local community to raise money for the building of a memorial hospital.  Each Royal Marine serving in Gosport gave up a day's pay to the hospital building fund. 

The hospital, which officially opened in 1923, commemorates a larger number of fallen Royal Marines than any other single memorial in the world. It now serves as the town's memorial to those killed in all conflicts. 

On Sunday an armed guard, courtesy of HMS Sultan, will form up on the road opposite the hospital. Joining them will be representatives from the Royal British Legion, veterans' groups, Scouts, Guides and uniformed cadet units.

The parade will step off at 10.30am. The ceremony will be conducted by the Rev Canon John Draper, chaplain of the Royal British Legion's Gosport and Alverstoke branch. Music will be provided by Gosport Solent Brass and a bugler from the HMS Sultan Volunteer Band will sound Last Post and Reveille.

The Mayor, Cllr Diane Furlong, will lay a wreath on behalf of the borough, joined by the Queen’s representative from the Lord-Lieutenant’s office, Brig David Innes. Wreaths from civic, service and association representatives will then be laid.

After the ceremony a march past will take place in front of the hospital, where the salute will be taken.

The order of service can be downloaded here.

Cllr Mark Hook, Leader of Gosport Borough Council, said: "This will be a very special occasion because of the centenary of the Armistice, and I'm sure local people will be keen to attend and show their respects.

"It will also be a time to remember why the hospital was built, and the role of the Royal Marines in raising funds for it. The Royal Marines have had a major influence on the history and development of Gosport, and on 9 November 2005 the town showed its pride and gratitude by making them Freemen of Gosport."

The council has installed two six-foot-high silhouette Tommies, part of the nationwide charity art installation called There But Not There, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. One is at the War Memorial Hospital and one is at the Solent Gardens, Lee-on-the-Solent.

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