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Dorsets Remembered At Annual Tirah Service


8:15am 22nd October 2014
(Updated 11:21am 22nd October 2014)

Soldiers from the Dorsetshire Regiment who lost their lives in a major battle in India over a century ago are being remembered today. (22nd October)

The service for those who gave their lives on the Indian North West Frontier is starting at Tirah Memorial in Dorchester's Borough Gardens at 11am.

In 1897, following serious unrest in the area and a series of attacks on forts, a large Field Force of 36,000 British and India troops, including 1st Dorsets was sent to the region to restore order

Curator of the Keep Military Museum Christoper Copson said; "The Tirah Memorial is important in that it reminds us of an episode in Imperial history that otherwise would be forgotten, in a part of the world that the modern British Army is all too familiar with - Afghanistan. This makes a direct link between British soldiers today and their forebears of over a hundred years ago.

The fact that the campaign gave the Dorset Regiment its only VC, which can be seen in The Keep Military Museum, makes it doubly important".

The Mayor unveiled a new plaque that details the soliders' struggles in the war.

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