The Lone Piper
Visit to War Memorial, Minsk Square, Raj Bhavan Road, Bangalore
Sunday, 12th March, 2006
The last program on the agenda for Bill Jenkins was to play a lament and lay a wreath at the war Memorial at Minsk Square.
The War Memorial was first originally dedicated to those from Bangalore who died in the Great war 1914 - 1918. The Monument has a statue of a soldier in uniform, and there are two bronze panels, one in front a Dedication, and the other at the rear side of the Monument giving the Honours List of those who died.
The Monument has some shady flowering trees surrounding the borders of the square, and when their flowers bloom, it is really a pretty sight. The Minsk has a fighter plane (Ajeet, Gnat) mounted near the entrance. The park is located adjacent to the Telegraph Office on Raj Bhavan Road , close to the Cricket Stadium and Cubbon Park.
This Lament Ceremony had the ASC Bagpipers and Buglers, with their Drummers in attendance, dressed in their red and black checked attire. There were dignitaries from the HAL Administrative Office (as the Minsk Square War Memorial is now being maintained by them), and many well wishers. Besides Admiral OS Dawson, Jean Jenkins, David Barnabas’s family, Ronnie and Maisy Johnson, was the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ninan from St. Mark’s Cathedral who came there straight after the earlier Service.
Bill Jenkins did a round of the Memorial garden by himself playing a tune and finally played a Lament before the War Memorial. Bill was joined by Jean his wife and they both laid wreaths at the base of the Memorial. These wreaths were specially made by Bill himself.
Tea was served across the road at the adjoining HAL Administration Office. They need to be thanked for their kind hospitality.
Before and after the program, Bill and Jean spent some time with the ASC Band, listening to them and thanking them for their presence.
We wish Bill Jenkins and his wife Jean a Happy Holiday in Goa where they will be staying at the Beira Mar, Baga, Caulengate, rejoining they son and his wife. We also wish to thank Bill and Jean for their visit and hope he has chance to visit many of the ‘Forgotten Soldiers’ all over the world, with his motto on his sleeves 'Lest We Forget'. To the visitors of my web pages, hope you had an enjoyable visit , and welcome you to visit the other pages on my Bangalorewalla Home Page.
Ronnie and Maisy Johnson
Phone: 91 80 22240145
Here is the List of Honour from the Minsk Monument, dedicated to those who died in the Great War 1914 - 1918
KEEN HAUDIN. G.E.,
ROBINSON. W.L. (V.C.).,
Bangalore has the following Roads named after - Andree, Cambridge, Davis, Haudin, Johnson Market, Robinson, Saunders, Stephens, can anyone link these names to those on the list above, or is it just a coincidence?
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