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Lincoln Cathedral Sunday 13th November Remembrance Sunday.

sm1 – John Armfield with the Mayor of Verfeil sur Seye (France) at the Armistice Day Ceremony (11th November)

sm2 – John Armfield paying his respects after laying the wreath.

Sm3 – Steve Lamacraft, Remembrance Day, Gibraltar.

Ian Scroggie

Ken Jeavons in Newquay

Ian Myles

Al Youens and Garry Hinchcliffe at Wrexham

Thousands of poppies fill Lydiard Park Field of Remembrance

RED seas of poppies and wooden tributes to the fallen formed a poignant tableau at the opening of the Lydiard Park Field of Remembrance.

More than 20,000 wooden crosses bearing touching messages from families and friends of those killed in warfare were planted in the walled garden.

Hundreds of onlookers bowed their heads and stood in silent solidarity with the fallen service men and women.

Among those planting crosses was Second World War veteran Geoffrey Hobbs. The 91-year-old travelled all the way from Slimbridge in Gloucestershire to pay tribute to his best friend and comrade Ronald Wood who died in battle aged 19.

“I lost my best pal and that hurt me. So many of my best friends lost their lives and I was thinking about them during the service. I will always come back here to pay my respects.”

Lydiard Park Field of Remembrance where 20,000 wooden crosses bearing touching messages from families and friends of those killed in warfare are planted.

Dignitaries including mayor of Swindon Eric Shaw, South Swindon MP Robert Buckland and Colonel James Arkell, deputy Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, were in attendance.

The haunting Kohima epitaph was read by Legion national vice chairman, Mrs Una Cleminson: “When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.”

Ivan Carey, from Chippenham, was a squadron leader in the RAF for 36 years and is chairman of the Wiltshire branch of the RAF police association.

“We have to do this, we have to remember them in any way we can. I am very proud of everyone who fought for us. These were only young men and they made that sacrifice. Everyone should pay tribute to them,” he said.

A two-minute silence was observed as last post was played before the military wives choir brought onlookers to tears as they sang Wherever You Are. Edward Elgar’s Nimrod played as wooden crosses were planted into the ground

Steve Blundell, from Chippenham, is a member of the Legion’s Riders and an airforce veteran. He attended to pay tribute to his grandfather Thomas, and father Philip who fought in the First World War and Second World War respectively.

“Being part of the commemorations and Poppy Appeal is a big part of what we do, 365 days a year," he said.

"All of us as a country should be stopping, taking a minute and remembering all those who served for us and kept us safe for generations to come."

Mayor of Swindon Eric Shaw paid tribute to his uncle Joey Shaw, who was killed in action in the last week of the First World War, aged 18. His father Reginald served as a corporal in the RAF during the Second World War.

“I lived through the Second World War and saw my father go away for five years serving," he said.

"I always knew about my uncle growing up and how young he was when he lost his life.

"These men bravely went out into the battlefield and sacrificed their lives. We must never forget that and because of the Legion we are honouring a new generation of veterans which is so important.”

The Royal British Legion is the country’s biggest armed forces charity and provides care and support to serving and past members of the British Armed forces. It is the national custodian of Remembrance with its emblem being the iconic red poppy.

This year the Legion is urging people to rethink Remembrance by paying tribute not only to armed forces of the past but also a new generation of veterans. For information visit www.britishlegion.org.uk


11 November 2016

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RAF Brize Norton Remembers

A Remembrance Ceremony was held at RAF Brize Norton this morning to remember those from across the world who died or were injured in the service of their country.

Hundreds of people from across the station attended the Remembrance Service, including Service personnel, MOD Civil Servants and Contractors. Those gathered, took part in a ceremony of remembrance conducted by the RAF Brize Norton Chaplains, then stood to attention during the playing of the Last Post, followed by two minutes silence at 11.00am.

Reverend Stewart said “It is important for us in uniform, and the wider defence community, to participate in an act of remembrance, to think on the sacrifice of those not just from distant wars but recent conflicts as well. To share it within the Parachute Training School hanger, on the edge of the airfield, surrounded by some of the tools, sights and sounds of our trade, frames our reflections on the continuing work and sacrifice of our Service personnel.’

A Remembrance Service will take place at St John's Church, Burford Road, Carterton, on Sunday 13 November 2016 at 9.45am, followed by a Parade to the War Memorial in Alvescot Road for the laying of wreaths.

A great honour today to escort a man who has become a friend, Tony Harbour, RAF Police Association and also Blind Veteran from BVUK, while he laid the wreath on behalf of BVUK at Brighton this morning. I also escorted Ron, another Blind Veteran and sadly now wheelchair bound, who's birthday this year made him 101 years old!! Unfortunately Ron is not in the picture but when I get access to the other pictures taken today, I will post them as soon as I can. My thanks to BTP, Southern Railway Staff (even the trains were quiet for the two minutes, members of BVUK and all from the South Downs Branch RAFP Assoc. the general public who were most respectful and lastly to the two Muslim Ladies in Full Burkas, who stood in revered silence and couldn't thank us enough when the parade was over. A great day and a great honour. Mark Wilson

Every year, a growing number of ex-pats here on Portugal's Silver Coast assemble on the 11th November to pay their respects to the 'Glorious Dead' of both World Wars and other conflicts: The ceremony this year will be at 11h00 on Friday 11th November 2016, and will take place at the cross and high view point overlooking Columbeira and Roliša, near the memorial to Lt Col George Lake who was killed on 17 August 1807 in the first battle between the British and occupying French forces. The Service of Remembrance, attended by musicians from the Portuguese Army, will include the playing of the Last Post, two minutes’ silence and the laying of a poppy wreath by me on behalf of the Cultural & Historical Association in Portugal (CHAP). Poppies, supporting the Royal British Legion, will be available if you have not already obtained one. We will meet at the big tree in the village of Zambujeira dos Carros at 10h20 before proceeding up to the cross by car in convoy. Steve Davies

Keith Cottenden and Neil Richards

Al Youens

People of Trowbridge pay their respects to fallen soldiers on Armistice Day

EX-SERVICEMEN, residents, councillors and pupils from Clarendon School gathered in Trowbridge today (Friday, November 11) to honour those who have died in wars for Armistice Day.

A two-minute silence was observed at 11am at Trowbridge War Memorial in the town park, where pupils from Clarendon School joined veterans and members of the Royal British Legion.

Brian Flinn, of the RAF Police Association, was one of four standard-bearers at the service.

He said: “It was a nice, short service well observed by a good amount of people.

“I wasn’t at last year’s service but I’m led to believe there were more people this year which is encouraging.

“Days like today are so important as they ensure that we remember all of the sacrifices which have been made in both the two world wars and other conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It was reassuring to see pupils from schools across Trowbridge at the service along with veterans and members of the Royal British Legion."

At the BUPA run Trowbridge Oaks Care Home in West Ashton Road, residents and veterans also paid their respects.

Ray Horan, who works at the care home, said: "We organised this event because not everyone in the care home is able to travel to the memorial.

"It was a lovely occassion and so nice to see young and old paying their respects together."