‘Sappers’ group visit barracks

THE Scarborough branch of the Royal Engineers’ Association made a recent trip to the Corps Memorial at the Brompton Barracks, Chatham, Kent.

It included a national standards bearers competition with Bill Parker representing the Scarborough branch, followed by a darts competition and a beating retreat on the parade square.

There was also a salute in the historic dockyard to the 1940s major event held annually to commemorate the war years and was attended by thousands of people.

Other events included the presentation of the Elizabeth Cross by the chief royal engineer, General Sir Peter Wall KCB CBE, to the families of the four engineers who lost their lives in action this year.

This was followed by a corps memorial parade on the regiment square and later, a memorial service was held at Rochester Cathedral.

The Royal Engineers’ Association meets at the hospital social club at 8pm on every second Thursday each month. New members are welcome.