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Today, a multifaith Remembrance service was held at police headquarters in Bridgend – led by South Wales Police Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan and Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael, and officiated by lead force chaplain, Reverend Glynne James.
Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan said:
“This year, our policing family was able to come together once again for our annual service of Remembrance to acknowledge the sacrifice made by all those who have died in military service, or while serving our communities.
“It’s an incredibly important event for family, friends and colleagues who were invited to join us as we commemorate the lives of all those we have lost.
“As in previous years we also paid tribute to all those who gave their lives during the World Wars, including those from our predecessor forces who served in the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, and in the Merchant Navy. Some died whilst on duty as police officers.
“Among them was Special Constable Robert Bernard Bowran, who in 1942 was a pilot with the Royal Air Force. Robert was killed on the 27th May that year, whilst taking part in a training exercise with the Army, when his fighter aircraft crashed into a hillside in Staffordshire. He was 27 years old.
“Roberts story, is one of many examples of bravery and personal sacrifice recounted during the service today. We will remember them.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael said:
“Across the communities of South Wales and beyond, ceremonies such as this bring people together as we remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“On the 11th November we remember them all as we mark the end of hostilities on that day in 1918, and we remember too all those who died in the Second World War and numerous conflicts since then.
“The ongoing conflict in Ukraine reminds us of sacrifices made during such troubling times but also of the precious relationships that we have with our loved ones, colleagues and friends.
“We remember in particular those colleagues we have sadly lost in the past year. Today is an opportunity to honour and show our gratitude to all those who have given so much in the interests of those left behind.”
You can read more about Special Constable Robert Bowran in our Order of Service.