For those not in the picture please be aware that the ‘VC paver’ commemorating the action by Private Francis Miles VC, 1/5th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment will be unveiled at Clearwell, Forest of Dean, on Tuesday 23rd October 2018. All detail is subject to confirmation by the Newland Parish Council after their next meeting on the evening of Wed 10 Oct 18. In the meantime the following is anticipated:
From 12.45 pm gather at the Chapel, High Street, Clearwell, GL16 8JS. The ceremony begins at 1300 hrs. Points to note are:
The ‘VC paver’ is being laid vertically, within the outside wall to the Chapel, facing the road.
It is anticipated those gathering will meet in the road. A road closure notice has been requested! Consequently, the road into Clearwell (Lambsquay/High Street) from the East (leading off the B4228) will be closed and access gained from either the South (from Trow Green area) or the North West via Newland.
Parking is on a ‘park where you can’ basis.
Ceremony begins at 1.00 pm. It is thought this will comprise:
A welcome by the Parish Council who are the hosts.
Words on Francis Miles VC by Major General Robin Grist, speaking on behalf of serving and retired members of the Armed Forces.
Perhaps some words from the family (a good turn-out of family members is expected). This may be confirmed or otherwise after 10 Oct 18.
Words of dedication.
Unveiling of stone.
Last post and reveille, played by a local musician, formerly from the Gloucestershire Regiment.
Laying of wreaths. The Rifles Lt Col will lay a wreath on behalf of Col Comdt of The Rifles sourced from the Taunton office.
Conclusion. Walk to Memorial (Village Hall) Hall for refreshments and viewing of items relating to Francis Miles VC.
Points to note:
The grave of Francis Miles VC can be found in the cemetery behind the Chapel. Follow the obvious path for about 120 metres and it can be found to the right, some way off the path and against the shrubs that line the boundary to the cemetery. Either 1 or 6 RIFLES might wish to lay a Rifles wreath on the grave that morning, well in advance of the ceremony beginning at 1.00 pm when several others are likely to visit the grave in the margins of the ceremony.
The local Branch of the Rifles & RGBW Regt Assoc may wish to lay their own wreath during the ceremony or at the grave.
The Rifles Lt Col has arranged for a Rifles Bugler to be present.
Serving representation. In addition to representation from A Coy 6 RIFLES and The Rifles Lt Col, Riflemen from 1 RIFLES also wish to attend.
The Rifles County Colonel Gloucestershire is aware as are the Soldiers’ of Gloucestershire Museum.