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Service held at Hartshead Moor in honour of army medics
A monument dedicated to the Army Medical Services has been placed next to a memorial garden which commemorates those who died in a bombing in the 1970s.
A special service was held yesterday honouring the new Army Medical Services Memorial Monument, which was donated by Marshalls Plc and is behind Hartshead Moor Service Station on the M62.
The Right Reverend Glyn Webster, the Bishop of Beverley, dedicated the tribute, which was then unveiled by senior serving representatives of each of the regiments, watched by more than 300 people.
It is next to the memorial garden, created in 2005, to commemorate members of the Army and their families who lost their lives in a suspected IRA bombing almost 40 years ago.
On February 4, 1974, eight soldiers and four civilians were killed when a coach carrying servicemen and their families exploded between Hartshead Moor and Chain Bar.
Norman Armstrong-Kersh, MBE KCOM, founder and chief executive of Life for a Life Memorial Forests, a charity that places memorials to commemorate loved ones, welcomed people to yesterday’s service.
Graham Holden, of Marshalls Plc, the paving company that donated the stone, said: “Marshalls is proud to be working in partnership with Life for a Life Memorial Forests to recognise the outstanding achievements of the four Royal Corps that make up the Army Medical Services. Over the centuries these unsung heroes have worked tirelessly to care for both British Armed Forces and civilians.”
Addresses followed from Vice Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Timothy Hare ESQ DL, and Colonel Harrison L/ RAMC, Corps Colonel Army Medical Services before trees were planted and blessed. Mr Holden was joined by chief executive officer of Welcome Break Rod McKie to speak to those gathered.
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