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“sharpshooters” Remembered With Tablet In Taormina

Members of St George’s Anglican Church in Taormina (Italy) have dedicated a memorial plaque for servicemen of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (known as the Sharpshooters) who were killed during the World War Two in 1943.

Taormina tablet 

Tony James, whose father served with the regiment during the Sicilian Campaign, donated the tablet which is made of thick Portland stone. It weighs over 12kilos and was quarried especially.  The Reverend Paul Rayner, the locum chaplain in Taormina, took the responsibility of transporting the tablet from England to Sicily as well as leading and preaching at the memorial service. 

Taormina wreath

A group of 16, all associated with the 3rd County of London Yeomanry, travelled from England and France to attend. The names of the 19  fallen were read by: Richard Brown - Honorary British Consul in Sicily and Major Mark Hodson – Second-in-command of the Regiment and currently one of the most senior serving Sharpshooter officers. The Prayer of Remembrance was read by Guy Farage who was troop leader of the Sharpshooters until 1962 and is currently Chairman of the Kent and Sharpshooters Museum Trust. Major Mark Hodson and Fr Kennedy, in full uniform, placed a poppy wreath under the tablet which is the only tablet expressly dedicated to the memory of the fallen of the Sharpshooters Regiment anywhere in the world.

Taormina veteran          

(Pictured are Sicilian veteran Freddy Rowlands (95) with Major Mark Hodson