BROMSGROVE residents are being invited to an annual service commemorating the soldiers, sailors and airmen who lost their lives in the Burma Campaign during the Second World War.

The service is being held at the Burma Star memorial next Saturday, August 16.

The town branch of the Burma Star Association holds the annual Victory in Japan commemoration service at the memorial to mark the surrender of Japan, which effectively led to the end of the Second World War.

The event is traditionally held on the nearest Saturday to VJ Day, August 15.

The men that fought in the Burma campaign of 1943 to 1945 with the 14th Army, commanded by Lieutenant General “Bill” Slim, were known as the Forgotten Army.

The Crown Close memorial is unique as it commemorates the participation of all three services, including the 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Worcestershire Regiment, East and West African forces, the men that fell at the battle of Imphal, and the men that died as Japanese prisoners of war.

This year's service is being taken by Padre Canon Graham Lyall, from Worcester, and will begin at 11am.

Bromsgrove District Council will be represented by the deputy civic head Councillor Helen Jones, who will be laying a wreath at the memorial on behalf of the authority.

Ex members of the services and the public are welcome to attend the event.