Remember TogetherOn January 26, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
I think the cooperation of the
Commonwealth to start with was absolutely vital. My grandfather was part of the Polish Armed Forces. My grandfather Major Dhanbar Gurung joined the British Army as a Gurkha. My mother Violet was a secret agent in occupied France. She wanted to do her bit to ensure that we remained in freedom. My role as a Jedburgh was to parachute
behind enemy lines. We relied on French intelligence. Without their collaboration my job would have been pretty well impossible. It’s so important to reflect on the collaboration of all the different nations in World War Two – in Africa, in Europe, in Asia. The Polish Army played a massive role in the Battle of Monte Cassino and therefore liberating Italy. My grandfather was a poet and a musician. His instruments are still with me today. The lesson I carry from my grandfather is one of duty, service, and honour. As a proud Gurkha it was an honor
for him to join the British Army. We join hands with the Commonwealth and our allies, and their descendants living in the UK to remember together the role they have played in defence of our democracy and freedoms. It’s important that people remember those sacrifices and the generation should be remembered. England alone could not protect our freedoms. Without them we wouldn’t be here today. Come together, join together, remember together.