Army monument to be unveiled in Hartshead

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A monument dedicated to the Army Medical Services is to be unveiled on Sunday.

The monument is dedicated to the four Royal Corps that make up the Army Medical Services.

It is located next to the memorial garden created for the soldiers and their families who died on February 4, 1974, when a suspected IRA bomb blew up a coach carrying servicemen and their families on the motorway between Birstall and Birkenshaw.

The dedication service will be conducted by the Bishop of Beverley, the Rt Rev Glyn Webster, at 11am, followed by the unveiling of the monument by senior serving representatives of each of the regiments.

More than 300 people are expected to attend.

The event, starting at 10.45am, will include a standard bearers’ march, an address by Timothy Hare, the Vice Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, an address by Army Medical Services Colonel Harrison, and planting and blessing of trees.