Kent soldiers remembered in Belgian memorial service

Hundreds of people have turned out in a Belgium village to remember Kent soldiers who fought during the first British battle of the Great War.

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Memorial service takes place in Belgium for Kent soldiers who fought 100 years ago

Memorial service Credit: Meridian
Ex-servicemen attend the memorial service Credit: Meridian

Hundreds of people have turned out in a Belgium village to remember Kent soldiers who fought during the first major British battle of the Great War 100 years ago today.

Ex-servicemen, re-enactors and the Band of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment joined locals in Tertre near Mons - at the site of a memorial to the soldiers of The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment.

On August 23rd 1914 soldiers from A Company of the First Battalion engaged a much larger German force. Twenty were killed at Tertre and many others were wounded or captured as troops retreated towards the nearby bridge at St-Ghislain.

The fighting was part of the Battle of Mons, the first British action of the war on the Western Front.

The memorial - established by The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Living History Group - honours almost 7,000 troops from the regiment who died between 1914-1918 in Europe and battlefields as far away as India and the Middle East.

Also attending the commemoration service today were relatives of Kent soldiers from the Great War, including Barbara Taylor from Tonbridge who has only just found out that her father was one of the original Royal West Kents who fought with the British Expeditionary Force in 1914.

The Royal West Kents were eventually amalgamated with other regiments in the 1960s.

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