A large crowd of family, friends and acquaintances gathered to say goodbye to 97-year-old World War II veteran and Freemason Dennis Crisp at the British Cemetery in Buenos Aires on 10th February 2018
A very moving service was conducted by Rev. Agustin Marsal of the Anglican Church, who then invited those who wished to say some words to come forward. First was Major Adam Wise, Deputy Defence Attaché UK Embassy, who in full uniform expressed what an honour it had been to meet Dennis and how important it was for the Embassy to express gratitude for his war time service.
John Hunter spoke on behalf of the Royal British Legion ex BA Branch and the British community in general. He mentioned that Dennis had been Chairman of the Legion as well as an active participant in the Remembrance Day Services.
As a Burma campaign veteran no one was more suited to recite the Kohima Epitaph than Dennis. John expressed the admiration the community had for such a figure who in his time participated in several community entities, and thanked all those that helped organise such an emotive ceremony, of which Dennis surely would have been pleased.
Ian Thurn, District Grand Master of the local English Masons, then recalled what an example Dennis had been to all during his many years active in local Freemasonry – Dennis was the present Master of Belgrano Lodge No. 3466 under the District Grand Lodge of South America, Southern Division.
Finally, Vivianne Crisp, daughter of Dennis, said the last farewell on behalf of the family remembering what a kind father he had been.
The coffin covered with a Union Flag and led by bagpiper Alan Oliver was taken to the burial plot where Major Wise recited the Ode of Remembrance; this was followed by the bagpiper playing Flower of the Forest. To conclude, Douglas Moffatt instructed the Scottish Guards to perform a three-volley salute and then two minutes of silence were kept.
A fitting farewell for one of the last Argentine-born volunteers to World War II.