The Royal British Legion Scotland
Kirkwall Branch - Orkney Isles

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Anzac Day 2014

On an overcast, but dry Anzac Day this year, a delegation from Kirkwall Royal British Legion was joined by Australian Greg Miller (now living in Orkney) to visit St. Olaf's Cemetery. Branch President Bryan Taylor laid a wreath on the grave of one of the four New Zealand pilots buried there, then recited from Binyon's poem, "For the Fallen".



The grave was that of Lieutenant Lonsdale Wiren, RNZNVR of Lyall Bay, Wellington. Lonsdale was one of three 878 Squadron Fleet Air Arm pilots who took off from Hatston at 2.45am on 4th June 1943 in Martlet IV fighter aircraft on a night flying exercise. They flew into low cloud and only one pilot managed to land safely at Skeabrae. Lonsdale's Martlet crashed about 400 yards north of Stymilders, Stenness and he died of multiple injuries. The third pilot, Stanley Brett of Newmarket, Suffolk, died when his plane crashed into the hillside at Huntsgarth, Harray and he is also buried in St Olaf's Cemetery. Lonsdale was only 26 years old when he died in the accident, his friend Stanley was aged 24.



. . . .   AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN, AND IN THE MORNING . . . .