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In previous years, it was up to the Foreign Secretary to lay a wreath on behalf of all who served in the British Overseas Territories. However, after a change in protocol, the crown of the Falkland Islands will be deposited by the new representative of the Falkland Islands in the United Kingdom, Richard Hyslop.

Other British Overseas Territories will also be represented by their own government representatives, including Gibraltar.

Meanwhile, the parade will feature veterans of the 1982 Falklands War, in the South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA) group in Column D.

The small archipelago in the South Atlantic has a proud but little-known history of providing volunteers for both world wars.

A Remembrance Sunday service in the Falklands (Photo: Baz Bennett)

At the start of World War I in 1914, the population of the Falkland Islands was 2,272, with 78 men volunteering to join the war effort, most of them having paid for their own sea passage to the United Kingdom. to do this.

Some Islanders were already veterans who had served in the Boer War, while others had served in the Royal Navy over the decades.

Tragically, 22 of them were killed in the conflict.

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There but not there

The memorial There but not there on the Falklands (Image: Falkland Islands)

The horse handling skills that many islanders possessed were used to train cavalry horses, while others joined the Royal Naval Air Service, which later became the Royal Air Force.

The Falkland Islanders also donated funds for three biplanes to the war effort, and some islanders also made the same long trip to volunteer for the Red Cross.

Additionally, the 1914 Battle of the Falklands marked the greatest British naval victory of World War I and secured British naval supremacy in the South Atlantic for the remainder of the war.

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A Spitfire

A Spitfire paid for by the Falkland Islands (Image: Falkland Islands)

In 2018, the Falkland Islands were the southernmost participants in the ‘There But Not There’ memorial which took place around the world, with ‘Tommy of Today’ figures placed around Stanley and across the Falkland Islands.

By the start of World War II, the population of the Falkland Islands had increased slightly to 2,378, with more than 150 women and women pledging to serve in various capacities, of which 24 were killed.

Volunteers served in the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, various army units, and the Merchant Navy, while others worked in factories, became medics, or joined the Army.

Falklands Map

A map showing the key events of the Falklands War in 1982 (Image: Britannica)

The islanders also raised money for the war effort, donating £ 50,000 in 1940 to purchase 10 Spitfires for the Royal Air Force, with money for another Spitfire collected by the Fellowship of the Bellows, while by 1945 the local branch of the Red Cross had raised over £ 20,000 for the war effort.

On the Falklands themselves, a remembrance service will be held in the world’s most southerly Anglican cathedral – Christchurch in Port Stanley – followed by a procession to the Cross of Sacrifice, where the two-minute silence will be observed at 11 a.m.


Islanders bought WWI biplane (Image: Falkland Islands)

This will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony with the participation of HE the Governor, the Commander of the British South Atlantic Islands Forces, the Falkland Islands Defense Service, veterans and members of local groups in uniform.

Special guest UK Defense Minister Baroness Goldie DL will also attend.

The poppy appeal in the Falkland Islands continues to enjoy large-scale local support, with over £ 14,000 raised in 2018, out of a population of just 3,200.

Fundraising events include the popular annual Poppy Ball.

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