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London ANZAC Ball - Legacy

Patron: The Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
His Excellency Mr Mike Rann CNZM


Lord Montgomery, in conjunction with HE Mike Rann and the South London Military Wives choir to Launch the James Dunsby Appeal at the London Legacy ANZAC Ball on 4th April.

31 March 2014, London, United Kingdom

London Legacy today announced that it will be launching the James Dunsby Appeal at its upcoming prestigious annual ANZAC Ball.

The Ball, to be held on the evening of 4 April at Australia House will honour the memory of Corporal James Dunsby who was one of three soldiers who tragically died after rigorously competing for selection in the Special Air Services (SAS) in the rugged Brecon Beacons during last summer’s heat wave. James’s widow, Bryher, will be a guest of honour at the Ball, and has been instrumental in planning this year’s event.

James Dunsby was a UK and Australian national and served with the UK Territorial Army, including a tour of Afghanistan in 2008 with Prince Harry.

James Dunsby’s wife, Bryher, is the most recent widow to be taken on by Legacy which still cares for 90,000 families of incapacitated and deceased veterans in 38 countries. We are also pleased to announce that Lord and Lady Montgomery have agreed to be guests of honour, this follows the trend set at last year’s Ball by having Randolph Churchill as our guest of honour.

There is an interesting connection between James Dunsby and Field Marshall Montgomery of Alamein. They both commenced their education in Hobart after their families emigrated from the UK. Field Marshall Montgomery’s father served as Bishop of Tasmania.

His Lordship will speak about his father's collected thoughts of Australian and New Zealand soldiers. So on this special night London Legacy will connect the story of two soldiers who, through coincidence, share a common background of history in their early lives.

Lord and Lady Montgomery will also be joined by the Military Wives South London Choir who will perform at the launch of the James Dunsby Appeal at the London Legacy ANZAC Ball.

Bryher’s sad loss highlights the continuing need for Australians to support Legacy in its mission of caring for the families of incapacitated and deceased veterans here in Europe. The Appeal will raise funds to continue this valuable work.

During the evening, London Legacy will also be leading a service commemorating 100 years since the beginning of World War One, joining HE Mike Rann and Lindsay Birrell conducting this service with be Lord Montgomery, HE Sir Lockwood Smith, High Commissioner for New Zealand to the UK and Lord Hobart, the Earl of Buckinghamshire.

The James Dunsby Appeal can be supported by donating directly to the London Legacy James Dunsby Appeal. For donations in the UK, please apply to lindsaybirrell@gmail.com with your details and TT Money to London Legacy at Santander Bank (sort code 09-01-27, account no 80551126 and including your name and address).

For Australian donations go to
www.legacy.com.au/Donate and enter London Legacy James Dunsby Appeal with your donation amount, name and address plus email lindsaybirrell@gmail.com with the same details.

Further Media Enquires

Media interested in covering the James Dunsby Appeal and the London Legacy ANZAC Ball can contact Legatee President Lindsay Birrell on +44 (0) 7505 145 461 or lindsaybirrell@gmail.com.

Additional information can be found at www.londonlegacy.org.

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