A Wreath Laying Service to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Operation GRANBY
His Royal Highness Field Marshal The Duke of Kent was present at the Service in the Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Operation GRANBY and laid a wreath at the memorial to those that gave their lives during the operation. The service was attended by Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie and by representatives of the units from all three Services that had taken part and by bereaved family members. Colonel Alick Finlayson attended as the representative of 16/5L as did and Jamie Dowling, son of Sgt Michael Dowling, and his partner.
The memorial is a handsome black marble tablet on the wall close to Lord Nelson’s tomb and the list of names includes Lt Edward Whitehead 16/5L, killed on a training exercise just before the start of the ground war, and of Sgt Michael Dowling MM and LCpl Frank Evans both REME attached to 16/5L who were killed when their M548 vehicle was engaged by an Iraqi tank. Sgt Dowling, who was engaging the tank with his rifle when he was killed, was awarded the Military Medal posthumously.
Following the service a reception was held in the Regimental Headquarters of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in the Tower of London. This was a very dignified and respectful occasion that was greatly appreciated by all of those fortunate enough to be present. In the evening a dinner was held by the officers of the 16th/5th The Queen’s Royal Lancers battlegroup in the officers’ mess of the Inns of Court Yeomanry. There was an excellent turnout particularly from the attached elements of the battlegroup that included Rupert Maitland-Titterton who was attached to 16/5L with a troop from 9/12L.