Celebrating a 90th Birthday at the Cathedral

Celebrating a 90th Birthday at the Cathedral

On Monday, 21 July 2014, Sid Pullman celebrated his 90th birthday by turning a page in the one of the Books of Remembrance in Canterbury Cathedral at the 11.00 Service of Remembrance.

The morning service is held each weekday in the Cathedral, during which the bell of HMS Canterbury is rung and pages in the Books of Remembrance for the Buffs and allied Regiments are turned.

Sid also turned a page over 70 years ago during the Second World War, while he was serving in the band of the Buffs. While he was doing this, there was some bombing nearby in Burgate and he was showered in glass blown in by the blast from the bomb! He carried on regardless and then returned to his barracks.

sidFortunately, there were no such incidents this time. While at the Cathedral, Sid found the name of his grandfather, Herbert Pullman, in the Books or Remembrance; Herbert Pullman was killed in the First World War, also while serving with the Buffs.

Sid’s family, including great grandchildren Megan (aged 11) and Lauren (aged 8), joined him in the Cathedral for the Remembrance service. They are planning a party for this weekend to celebrate the birthday. Also present at the service were about 35 members of the Buffs’ Association.

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