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Prisoners of War remembered at Far East soldiers service

Touching service for incarcerated soldiers

22 August, 2019 — By Tom Foot

The service at the war memorial in Mornington Crescent

A MOVING remembrance service for soldiers who were incarcerated during the Second World War was held on Saturday.

The annual event at the Far East Prisoners of War memorial in Mornington Crescent marked the 74th anniversary of VJ Day.

Tonia Garizio, the daughter of a veteran who unveiled the memorial in 2012, wore his medals as she laid flowers at the monument that was paid for with generous donations by New Journal readers.

Her father, Tony Garizio, was a top West End restaurant chef who had been a member of C Company 1st Battalion Cambridgeshire that was captured and forced to work on the Burma Railway, also known as the “railway of death”.

He died in March 2017, aged 97.

“We used to go with Dad as he unveiled it – we wouldn’t miss it for the world,” said Ms Garizio.

Buglers played the Last Post and Reveille at the event which heard speeches from Mayor of Camden Maryam Eslamdoust, Somers Town councillor Roger Robinson and Sgt Chris Maynard from the Veterans Association.

Neil Cash, Green Watch Manager at Euston Fire Station, read a Royal British Legion prayer, adding: “It was an honour for this former serviceman to join you all.”

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