Minden Day sees unveiling of VC at Suffolk Regiment Museum
A very traditional day for Bury’s Old Comrades had added poignancy on Sunday when the Victoria Cross awarded to Sgt Arthur Saunders from the Suffolk Regiment was unveiled.
Every year the 1759 Battle of Minden between the English and the French is marked by the wearing of roses in caps at the Minden Day ceremony.
This year Claire, Countess of Euston, Lord Lieutenant for Suffolk, unveiled the VC which is held at Gibraltar Barracks, home to the regiment’s museum. Sgt Saunders from Ipswich was awarded the medal in recognition of his courage at the Battle of Loos in World War One and it is now on permanent display.
Severely wounded he took charge and continuously fired at the enemy to give cover to a retiring battalion.
His grandsons Barry, 79 and Ian, 69, attended the event along with other members of his family.
A Minden Day church service was held at the chapel marquee and the march past and parade was lead by the City of Ely Military Band. Taking part were Old Comrades, members of the Royal Anglian Regiment and the Suffolk Army Cadet Force. Parade RSM was WO1 (RSM) KC Jones.
Three D-Day veterans from the Suffolk Regiment also attended - Maj Ken Mayhew, Maj Ron Rogers and Pte Cecil Deller.