Nic Hailey joins fellow diplomats to commemorate 100th Armistice Day anniversary

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Nic Hailey pays his respects to the fallen at Ngong cemetery. Photo: Facebook/UKinKenya

Kenya joined the rest of the world in marking the centenary of the armistice which brought the First World War (1914-18) to an end.

As in other years, Remembrance Day was marked by prayers and laying of wreaths at War memorials across the globe.

Remembrance Day in Kenya 2018
British High Commissioner joined veterans, the armed forces and members of the diplomatic community in Nairobi, to remember all of those that have given their lives in combat, in conflicts around the world. Photo: Facebook/UKinKenya

In Nairobi, following a service at the Askari Memorial, UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey joined other foreign diplomats, including Irish Ambassador Dr Vincent O’Neill, at Ngong Cemetery to pay their respects to those who gave their lives in battle.

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Nic Hailey looks on as Australian High Commissioner Alison Chartres lays her wreath at the Ngong Cemetery. Photo: Twitter/AusHCKenya

Mr Hailey described the service as “moving … with representatives from many nations and faiths remembering the fallen.”

Remembrance Day in Kenya 2018
Nic Hailey lays his wreath on the war memorial at Ngong cemetery. Photo: Facebook/UKinKenya

A service was also held at Nanyuki War Cemetery while British Honorary Consul in Mombasa, James Knight led worshippers at the Commonwealth War Memorial Graves at Mbaraki, Mombasa County.

One of those paying his respects in Mombasa was Retired Corporal Rocky Ellis who served in the Royal Hampshire Regiment between 1969 -2013.

Speaking to The Standard newspaper, Cpl Ellis, who is staying at the Voyager Beach Resort & Spa, said he was delighted to be part of those observing the special day for fallen heroes, adding: ”This is a great day and an emotional one as we remember the great soldiers who did duty during both the First and Second world wars.”

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