On Saturday the 22 April the London Borough of Wandsworth unveiled three commemorative paving stones at the borough war memorial outside the Town Hall in memory of three men who were either born, grew up, educated or spent their working lives in the borough.
Cpl Edward Foster – of the 13th Service Bn, The East Surrey Regiment also known as the 'Wandsworth Regulars' (Now the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment - PWRR)
2Lt Reginald Haine – of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) and
Capt Arthur Lascelles – of the Durham Light Infantry (Now The Rifles)
A strong RIFLES contingent, headed by Colonel Dan Reeve MC, lately CO 3 RIFLES, a detachment from 7 RIFLES headed by the Adjutant Captain James Rowntree, Buglers Dan Graham and Martin O’Neill from The Rifles Band & Bugles in Winchester and Brigadier Bob Macgregor- Oakford CBE, MC of the DLI Regimental Association came to honour in particular Capt Arthur Lascelles of the Durham Light Infantry – one of the Rifles’ antecedent regiments - who received his VC in December 1917 in an action in which he was severely wounded. After lengthy recuperation he rejoined the Durhams in the trenches in late 1918 only to be KIA four days before the end of WW1. Buglers Dan Graham and Martin O’Neill considerably enhance the short ceremony and added gravitas to the occasion by not only sounding the usual Last Post and Reveille calls but also the long forgotten call of The East Surrey Regiment and the calls of the Honourable Artillery Company and the Durham Light Infantry.