Sunday, 7 November 2010

Paddy Griffith Memorial

Yesterday I had the honour and privilege to attend the Paddy Griffith Memorial that was held in the Indian Army Memorial Room at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. The event was organised by Paddy's wife – Genevieve – and his son – Robert – and provided an opportunity for those of us who had been unable to attend Paddy's funeral to meet and remember him.

Such occasions are often very sombre affairs, but this was very much a celebration of an exceptional life and, as the programme shows, there were contributions from a wide and diverse number of people.

After the memorial, there was an opportunity for us to mingle. We renewed old friendships – and made new ones – as well as remembering the contribution that Paddy had made to military history and wargaming. One of Paddy's character traits that was mentioned by almost everyone who was there was his modesty, and I am sure that had he been at yesterday's Memorial, he would have been quite embarrassed by the praise that was heaped on him.

Paddy Griffith: Gone but by no means forgotten. Requiescat in pace.

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