For the first time in 50 years the long lost Drum Majors Mace, which bears the name of music loving War Hero Sergeant Dennis Wale, was back at the head of the St Georges Day parade as it made its way through his home town of Bedworth.
The Dennis Wale Memorial Mace, which was recently presented to the Band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps, was proudly carried by fifteen year old Kenneth James as he lead the way for the Nuneaton & District Scout Association St George’s Day Parade in Bedworth.
The Air Cadet band played their renditions of traditional patriotic march music as they led hundreds of Scouts, Cubs and Beavers from the Nuneaton and Bedworth district in the towns St George's Day Parade in homage to England's Patron Saint.
The Drum Majors Mace which has not been seen on the streets of Bedworth for nearly 50 years was originally presented to the 8 th Coventry Company Band of the Boys Brigade in 1945 by Mr & Mrs Wale in memory of their son Sergeant Dennis Wale who was killed in action on the 17 th of October 1944 at the age of 22 whilst serving with the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry in Holland.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe, Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron said, “St George's Day is a time to celebrate the very best of everything English and fly the Cross of St George and it was an appropriate occasion and an honour for the Squadron to be able to parade the Dennis Wale Memorial Mace through his home town for the first time in nearly 50 years. The Mace was intended to keep the memory of Sergeant Dennis Wale alive and we are proud of the fact that his family have chosen our band to carry the Mace, which bears his name.
Collin King scout parade organiser said, "This is a great occasion for all of the districts scouts. It's been so good to see so many on parade and we are so pleased that the Air Cadet Band was able to join us again this year. The presence of a proper military band just adds that special edge to this sort of event. “
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