Plymouth salutes its last Dunkirk Veteran

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Published on February 11th, 2019 | by Pete Ogburn

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Plymouth salutes its last Dunkirk Veteran Former Gunner and Dispatch Rider Garth Wright aged 99. Described as the “Grandfather of Plymouth” The Minster Church of St Andrew in Plymouth was packed with mourners to pay their last respects to 99 year old Garth (Shiner) Wright, who was a Dunkirk veteran. His coffin was covered with a Union [&hellip

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Plymouth salutes its last Dunkirk Veteran Former Gunner and Dispatch Rider Garth Wright aged 99.

Described as the “Grandfather of Plymouth”

The Minster Church of St Andrew in Plymouth was packed with mourners to pay their last respects to 99 year old Garth (Shiner) Wright, who was a Dunkirk veteran.
His coffin was covered with a Union Flag and on top was his bugle, his Plymouth Argyle scarf, his military medals and his beret.
Garth Wright signed up to the Royal Artillery in March 1939 with 5 of his closest friends.
After 5 months training they were sent to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force.

 Garth was a gunner and also a dispatch rider, running messages towards the beach at Dunkirk.His 5 close friends were all killed.
The Last Post was played at the end by two buglers followed by Reveille.
There were 26 standards on parade to honour a very well respected man and I had the honour to carry one.

Standards with the Coffin:-

The Dunkirk Standard

The Mountie Casino Standard

The Royal Artillery Standard.

Avenue of standards

  • Rebecca & Lewis
  • Harry

The Tribute Avenue consisted of 23 Standards from various Associations:-

The Royal Navy x 2

The Royal Navy Submarine Service

The Merchant Navy

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary x2

HMS Ganges.

The Malay / Borneo

The Commando Gunner Regroup

The Royal Engineers x 2

The Royal Corps of transport

The Devon Light Infantry

The Royal Air Force

The Royal Air force Police

The Royal British Legion x  5

MKC Heroes MKC x 3

Harry Sprague.


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