Remembrance 2021

The RAF Police plot at the Westminster Abbey Field of Remembrance planted ready for the official opening on Thursday.
My sincere thanks as ever to Frank Turner, who prepared each cross so that all of the names from the RAF Police Roll of Honour, maintained by Steve Hingley Davies, of personnel who died in Service are included on a Cross.
We Will Remember Them

Bill Veazey

Cpl Harris from RAF Brize Norton delivered the The Veterans Charity 'Routes of Remembrance' wreath to Oxford Station for its onward journey to London.

The wreath has travelled from BFSAI to RAF Brize Norton, where it was handed over to the RAF Police.

The wreath was placed at the Station memorial prior to continuing its journey, where it will be laid alongside the other 'Routes of Remembrance' wreaths at Paddington Stations iconic War Memorial.

The Routes of Remembrance event has seen wreaths and tributes travel from across the UK and over significant overseas location as part of the charities plan to honour the Armed Forces personnel who are sadly no longer with us today.

Military personnel based at Headquarters Allied Air Command at Ramstein Air Base, Germany marked Remembrance Day with a multinational parade. The poignant geographic location, with a backdrop of the 30 NATO national flags, and the staffs of many Allied nations present symbolised the strength of unity and opportunity to reflect on how far we have come through history.

Sgt Price from 22 Gp Sy Sqn attended Ty Porth Care Home to spend remembrance with some Military Veterans who shared some stories about their time within the Armed Forces

Yesterday the Provost Marshal and Acting Force Commander Gp Capt Wilkinson, alongside the personnel of Royal Air Force Honington came together at the Station Memorial Garden at the eleventh hour to remember the fallen

Today at St. George’s Church, RAF Halton, the Halton Apprentice Association held their Service of Remembrance. In attendance were Air Vice Marshal (Ret’d) Kurth, Station Commander Group Captain (Gp Capt) Startup and providing the music were the ‘Golden Oldies’ assisted by the Reading Pipe Band in their first performance since 2019.
Following the Church service, the Apprentices gathered at the Halton Apprentice Tribute in front of Kermode Hall for the Act of Remembrance and wreath laying ceremony.
Gp Capt Startup said: “It is a great privilege to welcome the Halton Apprentices to the Station and join in their Service of Remembrance. We welcome them back as old friends and it has been a pleasure to meet with, and talk to, so many here today. RAF Halton and the Halton Apprentices have a shared heritage and this will be taken forward with any plans for the future”.

The National Military Working Dogs Memorial team had 4 special #PurplePoppy wreaths one travelled from Holyhead with Avanti West Coast.
Another one from Sheffield went with a former Royal Air Force Police Dog Handler thanks to East Midlands Railway to St Pancras.
Whilst the third came from Hull thanks to the London North Eastern Railway team.
The first purple poppy wreath was transported on the "first of the many trains" from Penzance on the Great Western Railway Poppies to Paddington train.
4 wreaths to represent the 4 dogs to feature on the National Memorial.
Thanks to all the wonderful train operators who helped keep Remembrance "moving.

Barry Swallow is in Oakham.

Drawing in the crowds on the poppy stall.   

An interesting afternoon spent collecting donations for the Poppy Appeal at Lisburn. The first time in Northern Ireland wearing a beret since 1982 and it was very surreal standing there and I have to admit it did feel weird at first. The people were, however, very friendly and very generous (lots of £20 donations) and eager to learn about the Off White chap said I looked too young to have been on Artic Convoys ...I put him right. This chap turned out to be a Retd RUC Sgt who was mates with a SB RUC Sgt I had dealings with in my time there..small world. Back again tomorrow

John Reid

With Mr Al Bailey doing our last collection stint for this year.
Thank you to everybody who has donated so far. Never cease to be amazed at how generous people are.

Peter Bath

RAF Police representing the Royal Air Force at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

Been selling and collecting poppies all week with the Royal British Legion Riders Branch. Got to meet former Olympic swimmer Sharon Davies, link up with a Star Wars re-enactors group and have organised a remembrance service tomorrow afternoon at local cemetery war graves in Bristol with British, German and Dutch Military representatives attending.
Today I was selling poppies and pins in the Bristol Rovers Stadium and placed a RAFPA wreath on their memorial gates.
Have arranged 2 RV points outside the city for a cavalcade of bikes, cars and even articulated lorries to join. One Lorry is custom painted in remembrance images.

Andrew Davies

Really excellent turnout for the Remembrance Service and Parade in Leicester. Thanks to RAF Wittering.

Roy Rudham

Wrexham today

Malcolm Youens

Phew, quite an emotional, but exciting day in Royal Hillsborough, albeit a bit blustery and drizzly at times. I joined the newly reformed Royal British Legion Royal Hillsborough Branch, amongst other groups,for their first full parade in 50 years or so with a Pipe Band to march along to. What made it more special was that I was proudly accompanied on parade by my 7 year old Grandson Oscar who wore his Great Grandfather's Medals and did a great job and said he was excited but nervous. His Great Grandfather served in many theatres during WW2 and was a POW in Colditz. A special day and have to admit to having some dust in my eye at one point.

John Reid

London Cenotaph

REMEMBRANCE DAY 2021 - Hemel Hempstead

Father & Son at The Blackpool Cenotaph in the sunshine 

Scott Etheridge and Simon Etheridge

Newark Air Museum


Mandy Small, 43, who served 12 years in the RAF Police, laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of The Veteran’s Charity.
Her husband Chris took his own life in 2016 after finding it difficult to adjust to civilian life following 21 years as a chef in the Royal Logistics Corp.
She told i that the day had been “emotional” as she honoured lost friends as well as her late husband, but that the public support at the ceremony had following last year’s restrictions had been “amazing”.
“I did it in 2019 and the crowds were a lot bigger this year. I definitely think it was a lot more special this year,” she said.
“It’s important for veterans to be together because they get it, it’s the same for widows and children. It’s also amazing to see [other] people remembering your loved one,” she added.


Andy Smith is with Keith Cottenden and David Tarleton-Hodgson at Horse Guards Parade.

Yesterday just before we formed up

Bedfordshire is home to various former and current RAF stations, so it made sense to begin our poppy wreath’s journey at Bedford station.
“It was an honour to be joined by RAF Henlow to mark the Routes of Remembrance campaign and pay tribute to all those who lost their lives fighting for our country. It’s important that we continue to remember our veterans and as well as memorial services across our network, we will also be observing the two-minute silence at stations and on-board trains on Armistice Day.”
Wing Commander William Andrew, Station Commander RAF Henlow, added: “It is a privilege for RAF Henlow to play a part in the important Routes of Remembrance campaign.
"As we honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice across all the Armed Forces from WWI to today, it is fantastic to see the contribution the local community are making to support Remembrance.”
Wreath-laying ceremonies and memorial services will take place with Southern, Great Northern and Thameslink colleagues at Victoria, St Pancras, Brighton and Kings Cross stations.
To raise awareness of the Routes of Remembrance campaign, Govia Thameslink Railway is also displaying information screens at every one of its stations.

Once again on Remembrance Day the famous four gather to pay their respects in the Remembrance Service at Newark Air Museum. The garden has been meticulously kept over the years by Nigel and Jude Bean. It is a credit to their care and maintenance. Nigel is also responsible for the organisation leading to the Service.
Left to Right:- Former RAF Regiment Sgt Chaz King, Mike 'Toasty' Hall, Nigel Bean and Chris Wyman.

Today on Plymouth Hoe

George Poad

The Cornish wreath that took part in the Routes of Remembrance wreath started out fyom the Cornish Pirates ground in front of the plaque marking the fact General Eisenhower had inspected troops there in 1944 on the actual pitch as they headed off to liberate Europe.
Thanks to Ray and with the permission of the Pirates we had a WW2 Jeep join us for the handover.on the pitch!
From there the wreath headed off to tour Bodmin Moor on a Survival Skills course and visit the highest point in Cornwall - Brown Willy and crash sites of WW2 aircraft with RAF St Mawgan.
One of the crashes honoured, has a memorial on the cliff face at Watergate Bay, remembering the crew and passengers of "Mucks Mauler" a USAAF Liberator bomber.
The wreath was then taken into the care of our friends at 165 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC who toured around their area before meeting at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose for a visit to the base for their Divisions Parade.
Divisions is a formal parade of a ship's or shore establishment's company. At the Britannia Royal Naval College, the "Lord High Admiral's Divisions" is a parade held in the presence of the monarch or her representative.