SOLDIERS were on parade yesterday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of their darkest episodes, by laying a memorial wreath in honour of their fallen comrades.
Members of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (RRF) were joined by former prisoners of war for the special midday service at Berwick, to commemorate the Surrender of Singapore on February 15, 1942.
Only 10 days before, the 9th Battalion of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (RNF) had arrived in Singapore by troopship and were among more than 140,000 Commonwealth servicemen taken into captivity for more than three-and-a-half years.
Many of them died as a result of the ill-treatment they received from the Imperial Japanese Forces in many parts of the Far East, as a result of being used as forced labour.
Yesterday, a dwindling number of survivors were greeted as guests of honour, including Henry McCreath and Eric Lomax, with a parade followed by a wreath-laying and the sounding of the Last Post by bugler Staff Sgt Richard Stacey of the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Also in attendance were Mayor of Berwick Alan Bowlas, Sheriff Lance Robson and vicars Canon Tony Meakin, who was chaplain to 7RNF, and Rev Cecil Dick, former chaplain of 6RRF.