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The Leyton Orient Supporters Club Bugle Team were in action on Sunday (8/3/09) for the first time since our trip to the Somme last July. The lads had been invited by the Black Watch Regiment and Royal British Legion to take part in a special Act of Remembrance at St Mary's Church Chigwell to honour the memory of of Private Thomas Edwards VC who lies buried in the churchyard.
Private Edwards served with the 1st Battalion the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his conspicuous bravery during the Battle of Tamaai in the Sudan on 13th March 1884. He survived the Sudanese war and was at one time the oldest survivng holder of the Victoria Cross. He died aged 88 on 27th March 1952.
The LOSC bugle team comprises of LOSC Deputy Chairman Steve Jenkins, and O's supporters Norman Coe and Bob Sargeant. During the official after-ceremony reception, as a show of gratitude, a representative of the Black Watch Regiment presented the buglers with a regimental crest which is now mounted in the Supporters' Club.
In response to the presentation Steve gave a short speech to firstly thank the Regiment and the RBL for the kind invitation and then acknowledge the tremendous relationship that has built up over recent years following the two Somme trips and the Remembrance Parades that are held on the pitch at the Matchroom Stadium the weekend of Remembrance Sunday.
Playing the Last Post at Thiepval
The Buglers play Retreat at the British Cemetery, Couin