A COMMEMORATION stone honouring the Worcestershire Regiment will be officially unveiled at an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gheluvelt.

The ceremonial occasion, which takes place on Friday, October 31, from 10am to 2pm at Gheluvelt Park, Worcester, will feature bands, artillery guns, display stands and stalls from a range of military and non-military organisations.

Worcester’s branch of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association has organised the event with support from Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire Armed Forces Community Covenant Partnership.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, deputy leader of the county council, said: "This event links to the 100th anniversary of the Great War and helps us to remember the 187 men who were killed or wounded during the battle and the sacrifices made by the Worcestershire Regiment in serving their country."

The event has been funded by the Worcestershire councillors' divisional fund and the Ministry of Defence’s community covenant grant scheme.

On October 31, 1914, about 370 men of the 2nd Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment crossed 1,000 yards of open ground, losing a third of their men before launching a bayonet charge against some 1,200 German troops to successfully retake Gheluvelt chateau in France.