Remembering our fallen heroes

RBL standards march up the hill.
RBL standards march up the hill.

Servicemen and women past and present gathered for an emotional tribute to fallen soldiers of the Mercian Regiment at the annual Crich Pilgrimage on Sunday.

More than 1,000 people braved the heat at the hill top memorial where a special service of remembrance and a parade of flags was staged. Afterwards the families of those in the Mercian Regiment who have been killed in action while serving in Afghanistan gathered to for a separate service.

Dignitaries from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire attended the service, which included a rededication of the memorial on behalf of the Mercian Regiment. Assistant regimental secretary for the regiment Cindy Baines led the pilgrimage for the third time.

She said: “It is always quite a sombre occasion with the reflection of those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

“It’s equally humbling and enlightening because people come and see their old friends and there are lots of cheers for the boys that couldn’t be there.”

The war memorial at Crich was established in 1923 and contains the names of soldiers who have fallen in all conflicts since World War One.