This is coolbert:
Nothing like this has occurred for the British at least in almost seventy years.
"So young, so brave and still in their teens: Faces of the heroes who never saw 20 - and the memorial we couldn't leave in Camp Bastion"
"Lives of young Britons killed fighting the Taliban had been commemorated on memorial walls in Camp Bastion"
* "As UK's campaign in Afghanistan ended it was confirmed walls had been dismantled"
* "Army insisted it was not because of fears memorials would be defaced or destroyed"
* "Top-ranking soldiers and relatives of those killed said there was an obvious risk they would be 'desecrated'"
* "Defence Secretary admits Afghanistan still plagued by insurgency, and failure to leave a memorial seen by some as a symbol of the West’s failure to secure the country, despite hundreds of lives lost"
From an Internet web site article:
"Sun Sets on the British Empire"
ONLY TWO PLACES IN THE BRITISH EMPIRE WAS THE UNION JACK ALLOWED TO FLY TWENTY-FOUR HOURS A DAY! ONE WAS ABOVE PARLIAMENT BUILDING IN LONDON AND THE OTHER WAS THE RESIDENCY AT LUCKNOW, BRITISH INDIA! THE LATTER IN COMMEMORATION OF THOSE BESIEGED AND SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDING LUCKNOW UNDER THE MOST TRYING OF CIRCUMSTANCES DURING THE SEPOY MUTINY.
"As the sun set on the evening of August 13, 1947, the Union Jack which had flown and fluttered since 1857 without a break, night and day, atop the Residency in Lucknow, was brought down by the caretaker, Warrant Officer Ireland. A small party of British Officers led by Major General Curtis watched the flag come down and the sun setting on the British Raj in India. That night the British Sappers cut the steel flag-staff of the Residency from its base and pulled out its foundation. Then they re-cemented the place, leaving no trace whatsoever of the flag pole on which for 90 years the symbol of British Power had flown high without a break. The Union Jack which was removed from the Residency was sent to Field Marshal Auchinleck who sent it to George VI in England."
The flag removed, the pole dug up and the area cemented over. That next morning the new government of India unable to raise their new colors over the site that indeed for the English deemed as SACRED!