National Malaya and Borneo Veterans’ Association wreath laying in Lisburn [Photos]
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council hosted the annual National Malaya and Borneo Veterans’ Association (NMBVA) wreath laying ceremony on Saturday, September 15 at the Professor Pantridge statue located at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn. This ceremony is held in the memory of Major Frank Pantridge and all those who served in Malaya, Singapore and Brunei during World War 2 to commemorate them for their bravery and sacrifice for their country. Frank Pantridge received the Military Cross in 1942. After he returned home Professor Pantridge was driven to succeed by his memories of his time spent serving in Japan and to honour the memory of those Malaya and Borneo soldiers who were left behind. He contributed enormously to worldwide mobile coronary care by becoming a world-renowned pioneer of the portable defibrillator. Wreaths were laid by the Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim, the Council, the Armed Forces, the NMBVA, the RAMC Association and the Royal British Legion (Lisburn Branch).