Here is one of numerous favourites from the book. Incidentally, proudly wearing a daffodil myself this morning, I had a brief discussion with Paul at the Tower. Needless to say, he still looks the part as RSM on parade, today again sporting two leeks in his hat.
'March 1st: St David’s Day and the Daffodils Look Grand: Here is a favourite piece from Poppies Pomp and People. Welshman Paul is one of the many 'greats' at the Tower- I am also proudly Welsh and had asked Paul several times about how we could get a 'Welsh' story into the book. It actually took a fair bit of nagging and coaxing, but finally he opened up with this excellent and very moving bit of info.
Yeoman Warder Paul Cunliffe was a regimental Sergeant Major in the Welsh Guards. He comes from Rhyl in North Wales and proudly wears a leek in his hat to celebrate his country’s patron saint. Further discussion led to him disclosing that he also flies his national flag outside his home and proudly wears a Welsh Guards sweatshirt. Paul was severely injured while defending against the attack on the Sir Galahad troopship during the Falkland Islands Campaign. As a drill sergeant, he was chosen to lead the funeral cortege that carried Princess Diana’s coffin into Westminster Abbey. He said that on walking down the aisle, in front of his eight pall bearers, he could see people crying and the only way to get through it was to think of something totally different, so he just dwelt on thoughts about his favourite football team, Leeds United.
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