It was with huge regret that we recently learnt of the passing of Ian Alexander, one of Lochnagar’s most valued and long-standing supporters. For many years it was the hugely imposing sight of Ian, in his striking piper’s uniform, that would become an unforgettable image of the July 1st ceremony. He would slowly walk around the Crater, often cloaked in smoke from the maroons and the hairs would go up on the back of your neck. He was also a good personal friend and a man of impeccable warmth, loyalty and integrity – he will be sadly missed.
Friends are invited to the unveiling of a memorial bench for Ian close to the Pipers’ Statue in Longueval at midday on the 29th June.
A short while back we also heard the sad news that Suzanna Green, Sue Robinson’s close friend and supporter, had passed away following a short illness. Suzanna was a key figure in Wenches in Trenches and, along with Sue, fundraised for both the iconic Nurses’ and Women’s memorials at Lochnagar.
We were saddened too at the news of the passing of Madame Patricia Leroy, the much-respected Mayor of Contalmaison since 2008. Patricia was a staunch and enthusiastic supporter of the annual British ceremonies in her village.
There are currently a few Friends suffering illness or health challenges and our thoughts and prayers go out to them along with wishes for a speedy recovery.