63 Chelsea Pensioners who served during World War Two gather for commemoration photograph in 70th anniversary year of VE Day

Chelsea Pensioners who served during World War Two gathered for a group portrait today to commemorate the 70th anniversary year of Victory in Europe.

Wearing their iconic scarlet uniforms, 63 Chelsea Pensioners were photographed by Charlie Surbey at their home the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Major General David McDowall, Lieutenant Governor and Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, said: “This landmark anniversary allows us a rare opportunity to honour our Chelsea Pensioners who served during the Second World War.

“These remarkable men and women did their bit in a war that affected almost every nation and this year we not only remember their sacrifices, but also those of an entire generation.  They served us in a time of great need and we at the Royal Hospital are now extremely proud to serve the Chelsea Pensioners, offering a home, comradeship and the very highest standards of care during their advanced years.  They deserve nothing less.”

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is home to approximately 300 Chelsea Pensioners who are all retired soldiers of the British Army, 88 of which are veterans of World War Two.  Others who have seen active service include veterans from campaigns in Korea, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Palestine.

Chelsea Pensioners have been invited to represent the veteran community at national VE Day anniversary commemorations from 8 - 10 May, including the march past the Cenotaph, the Remembrance Service at Westminster Abbey and liberation commemoration events in Guernsey.

For press enquiries please contact Royal Hospital Chelsea Media Officer Emma Pollock on 020 7881 5283 or Emma.pollock@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk

 

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