Royal greeting for RAF medic from Ipswich who took his mum to unveiling of new memorial

Ian Ewers-Larose with his mum Jenny at the unveiling of the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial

Ian Ewers-Larose with his mum Jenny at the unveiling of the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial - Credit: Archant

An RAF medic from Ipswich who was invited as a guest of honour for the unveiling of the new Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial in London this week was treated to a face-to-face chat with the Duchess of Cambridge.

RAF medic Ian Ewers-Larose, from Ipswich, has praised the Royal British Legion for its support since

RAF medic Ian Ewers-Larose, from Ipswich, has praised the Royal British Legion for its support since he was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Credit: Archant

Ian Ewers-Larose, 49, who served tours in both the Falklands and the first Gulf War, described the service at the Victoria Embankment Gardens on Thursday as ‘absolutely breathtaking’.

“It was fantastic and very moving,” he said, “a beautiful service.”

“At one point I was able to talk to the Duchess of Cambridge.

“She was very nice and we had a lovely conversation about when and where I had served.”

Mr Ewers-Larose snapped a photo of the Duchess of Cambridge after they had chatted about his service

Mr Ewers-Larose snapped a photo of the Duchess of Cambridge after they had chatted about his service in the Falklands and the first Gulf War - Credit: Archant

Mr Ewers-Larose brought his mum Jenny to the unveiling as his guest, saying people often forget the worry parents go through when their sons and daughters are serving in conflicts overseas.

“The monument itself is absolutely striking, so much more striking that I thought it would be.

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“My mum thoroughly enjoyed the service and found it very moving as a parent.

“There were a lot of servicemen and women with their mums and dads on Thursday, people often forget they have parents who worry about them from home.”

Ian Ewers-Larose said it was an 'immense honour' to be invited to the event

Ian Ewers-Larose said it was an 'immense honour' to be invited to the event - Credit: Archant

Mr Ewers-Larose said it was an ‘immense honour’ to have been invited to the event through his connection with the Royal British Legion (RBL).

He said it is important that those who served in the Middle East were recognised for what they have done for their country.

He said: “Whereas the Cenotaph is there to remember those who fell in the first and second world wars and is a fantastic memorial, I think it is right to have a memorial for this period of time but also one that represents everyone.

“I think it is good to have a place for people to reflect, to remind people what happened and for those families who lost somebody to visit and remember them.”

Service of Dedication and unveiling of the new memorial in Victoria Embankment Gardens in London. Ph

Service of Dedication and unveiling of the new memorial in Victoria Embankment Gardens in London. Photo Sgt Rupert Frere/PA - Credit: PA

Mr Ewers-Larose is a staunch supporter of the RBL who were a ‘lifeline’ to him after he was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome after serving as part of Operation Granby in Iraq.

The condition affects his joints and muscles and has left him with limited mobility and a deteriorated immune system.

Since then, the RBL has helped fund new carpets in his bungalow, logs to heat his home and pitched in to repair a broken chimney.

A band plays during a military Drumhead Service on Horse Guards Parade, London, to honour the servic

A band plays during a military Drumhead Service on Horse Guards Parade, London, to honour the service and duty of both the UK Armed Forces and civilians in the Gulf region, Iraq and Afghanistan. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The new Iraq and Afghanistan memorial by Paul Day at Victoria Embankment Gardens in London, honourin

The new Iraq and Afghanistan memorial by Paul Day at Victoria Embankment Gardens in London, honouring the Armed Forces and civilians who served their country during the Gulf War and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 9, 2017. See PA story DEFENCE Memorial. Photo credit should read: Toby Melville/PA Wire - Credit: PA

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