Lord Mayor Hosts Elizabeth Cross Presentation Ceremony
The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Zafar Ali, hosted a special presentation of Elizabeth Cross to the nephew of a Scottish soldier killed during the Cyprus Emergency in the 1950s.
Mr John Bowman, who lives in Bingley, was presented with the award by Deputy Lieutenant Major Stan Hardy (Rtd) as part of a ceremony hosted in City Hall. Family members of Mr Bowman also attended with some travelling from as far as Australia for the presentation.
The Elizabeth Cross is a commemorative emblem given to the recognised next of kin of members of the British Armed Forces killed in action after the Second World War.
Mr Bowman is the nephew of LCpl David Warren Kennedy who died while serving in the Royal Army Service Corps. LCpl Kennedy, born in Stirling, Scotland in 1937, was aged 19 when he was killed during the Cyprus Emergency when a forest fire swept across their position near Prevassa in the Troodos Mountains during operation ‘Lucky Alphonse’ in 1956. He is buried in Wayne’s Keep Military Cemetary Nicosia, Cyprus.
David was the youngest son of William and Sarah Kennedy (Nee Letford) and grew up in the Raploch area of Stirling, Scotland. Mr Bowman said: "He was a popular young man and started his working life in the coal mines, moving on to other employment before joining the army which ultimately took him to Cyprus. His death was devastating for his family and friends. He has never been forgotten."
Lord Mayor, Coun Zafar Ali, said: “It was a pleasure to host Mr Bowman and Deputy Lieutenant Major Stan Hardy. I found it fascinating to hear all about LCpl David Kennedy who died so tragically during the Cyprus Emergency. It’s fantastic that Mr Bowman’s family could also attend this presentation and ensure that LCpl Kennedy’s memory is carried on.”
Lord Mayor Hosts Elizabeth Cross Presentation Ceremony, 7th August 2018, 20:22 PM