Delegation To Participate In Remembrance Day in Yprés

02 November 2011 / 12:00

 

British Olympic Association (BOA) Chairman Colin Moynihan will lead a delegation of British Olympic medallists and officials to Yprés, Belgium to attend the Armistice Remembrance Day Ceremonies, held annually at the Menin Gate at 11:00 am on the 11th of November, to honour Olympic athletes who gave their lives in the line of duty during World War I.   

The delegates will take part in a series of events including the official parade to the Menin Gate, where they will be joined by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, and representatives from the Belgian, French and German National Olympic Committees.

This is the first time representatives from the four National Olympic Committees have participated in the Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Yprés in this special tribute to Olympians who have died in conflicts around the world.

According to records maintained by the Last Post Association, there are three British Olympians who gave their lives in the line of duty during World War I who lie in eternal rest in the Yprés Salient:

 

Captain (Doctor) Noel  Godfrey  Chavasse VC and Bar, MC

The King's (Liverpool Regiment)

Died 4 August 1917 aged 32

One of only three people to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice for bravery and devotion to duty

Competitor at the 1908 London Olympic Games in the 400m

 

2nd Lt G.R.L. ‘Twiggy’ Anderson

The Cheshire Regiment

Died 9 November 1914 aged 25

Hurdles finalist at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912

Set a world record for the 400 hurdles in 1910

 

Gunner George Albert (GA) Hawkins

Royal Garrison Artillery

Died 22 September 1917 aged 34

200m finalist at the 1908 London Olympic Games

 

Each year, Yprés welcomes thousands of visitors and veterans from around the world to commemorate the end of World War I.  This year is unique in that it is a once in a century ceremony held at 11:00 am on 11/11/11 with a special Last Post Ceremony marking 93 years since the Armistice that brought World War I to an end.

 

The British Olympic Association delegation will include:

Lord Colin Moynihan

1980 Olympic silver medallist in rowing

Chairman, British Olympic Association Board of Directors

 

David Hemery CBE

1968 Olympic gold medallist in athletics

1972 Olympic silver and bronze medallist in athletics

Vice Chairman, British Olympic Association Board of Directors

 

Adam Pengilly

2006 and 2010 Olympian in skeleton

IOC Member

 

Sarah Winckless

2004 Olympic bronze medallist in rowing

Chair, British Olympic Association Athletes Commission

 

Richard Leman

1984 Olympic bronze medallist in hockey

1988 Olympic gold medallist in hockey

Member, British Olympic Association Board of Directors

 

Chris Balillieu

1976 Olympic silver medallist in rowing

Chair, The Olympians

 

John Peake CBE

1948 Olympic silver medallist in hockey

World War II veteran

 

Michael Lapage

1948 Olympic silver medallist in rowing

World War II veteran

 

Di Ellis CBE

Chair, British Rowing

Member, British Olympic Association Board of Directors

 

John James

Former President of Tennis Europe

Longest serving member of British Olympic Association Board of Directors

 

Jan Paterson. 

Director of Olympic Relations, British Olympic Association and Deputy Chef de Mission, Team GB

 

Also attending as guests of the BOA will be Catharine Madgin, family member of Mr. Peake; Gillian Venables, family member of Mr. Lapage; and the highly respected Olympic journalist John Goodbody.

The BOA delegation will arrive in Yprés on Thursday, 10th November and visit the Flanders Fields Museum that evening before attending the Last Post at 8:00 p.m. at the Menin Gate.    The Last Post has been played every evening at 8:00pm since 1928 in tribute to the fallen soldiers.   

 

BOA Chairman Lord Colin Moynihan:

 

“We are deeply honoured to join with friends and colleagues from throughout the Olympic Movement in this solemn tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  Their bravery during periods of conflict has made it possible for our world to gather every two years, under the banner of the Olympic Games, to reaffirm and celebrate the values of peace, unity and human excellence.

These timeless values are at the heart of the Olympic Movement, and it is through a shared commitment to these values that the Olympic Movement has evolved to become a powerful force for hope and opportunity around the world.”