Captain-General's Baton - Visit to Onchan
On Monday, 9th May 2016, soldiers and officers of 103 Regiment Royal Artillery visited the Isle of Man with the Captain-General's Baton as part of the Regiment's 300th anniversary celebration – Ubique300. The Baton has been circumnavigating the world since 1st May 2015 and will be presented to Her Majesty the Queen at the Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill, on 26th May.
At Onchan War Memorial the Chairman of Onchan Commissioners, Mr Robin Turton, formerly accepted the Baton from Lieutenant Colonel Lindsey Forbes RA and laid it at the foot of the memorial for a short service of remembrance for those Onchan men who had served and died as members of the Royal Artillery. Major D.R. Rawcliffe RA laid a wreath.
Mr Turton said, "I was honoured to take part in this important event. Onchan men and women have served in the armed forces throughout many theatres of war and I was pleased to see the Royal Artillery pay tribute to their fallen comrades."
In a letter of thanks to the Chairman, Major Rawcliffe responded, "The Isle of Man boasts a rich history in Artillery and we are all extremely proud of what members of 15 LAA Regiment and Manx civilian men and women have achieved in past operations."
Photo: Lt Col Lyndsey Forbes RA carries the Captain-General's Baton towards the Onchan War Memorial accompanied by Major D.R.Rawcliffe RA and the Chairman of Onchan Commissioners Mr Robin Turton JP