Royal Lancers at the Cenotaph – 13th November 16

‌Royal Lancers at the Cenotaph – 13th November 2016‌

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Eighteen members of the Royal Lancers OCA marched at this year’s parade at the Cenotaph.  This was only the second time the regiment had been represented at the parade.  The parade was led by Major (Prince) Nick Obolensky (late 17/21L) and the wreath was carried by In-Pensioner Lance Corporal Jack Pilkington (late 9/12L). Among those marching was Lieutenant Michael de Burgh.  Michael is 93 years of age and was the only World War 2 veteran marching with the contingent.  Michael served with the 9th Lancers during the Italy campaign as a Troop Leader with A Squadron and saw action at San Savio during the Battle for Coriano Ridge.  It was early on in this battle that his previous Commanding Officer, Colonel John Macdonell, DSO was killed.  It was during one of the last actions of the war that his Sherman tank was knocked out by a German 88mm. Which resulted in the death of his gunner Lance Corporal Coombes who was the 9th Lancers last fatal casualty of the war. It is exactly 70 years since he last marched at the Cenotaph!

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