Staff at Christchurch Hospital gathered for a special service of remembrance to mark the arrival of an ‘Unknown Tommy’ statue in the memory garden.
The statue was kindly donated by Christchurch Citizens Association in honour of the hospital’s role during WW1. A short prayer was led by Nick Adamson, hospital chaplain and a minute of reflection was also observed.
Neal Williams, from Macmillan Caring Locally which supports the hospital’s palliative care Macmillan Unit, led a dedication. He said: “It is fitting that the memorial we are dedicating today is placed here in the grounds of Christchurch Hospital, which being a Red Cross Hospital during the great war, received and treated so many brave men and women.”
Cynthia Moss, president of the Christchurch Citizens Association, added: “We are so proud of the part Christchurch Hospital has played throughout history with many of our own families having links with the hospital. We hope people visit the statue and it provides comfort for those reflecting on those who have died in conflict in the past, and present.”