St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Monte-Carlo was almost full on Sunday, November 12, as the local community came together for a very touching and appropriate service to remember those who died in two world wars and other conflicts.

The service – officiated by Rev Hugh Bearn – was attended by HSH Prince Albert, who later joined the worshippers in the Library for refreshments.

The proceedings began with the Regimental sword of Lieutenant OL Bearn being brought to the altar by Group Captain Andy Calame, accompanied by highland pipes played by FWM Bearn to the tune of Going Home.

Lt Bearn was killed in action at Guemappe, France, on April 23, 1917, whilst leading his men of the 9th Battalion of the Black Watch.

Also present at Sunday’s service were Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Fenn, Ambassador of the Gurkha Welfare Trust, the Honorary Consul of the UK in Monaco, Eric Blair, Yvonne Bernhardt, President of the British Association of Monaco, and Mrs Hope Swales, President of the Church Council of St. Pauls Church.

PHOTO: Lt Bearn is seen seated on the left, with Major Murray, centre, and Second Lieutenant Anderson on the left, standing. The other two officers are not identified in the handwritten caption. Provided