Nicola

On a  visit to London there was a celebration of VE day with lots of people dressed up in the attire of the day. It was a fabulous atmosphere and great...

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Jon & Bell

We married in 1968, travelled the world while John was in the army. We came up to Tamworth in 2001 and came up to the NMA on a regular basis. We loved coming here to see the improvements and the new memorials. Jon passed away in...

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Roger

My son Thomas (RAF) on wedding day to wife Lisa, a nurse. We outfitted their son Joshua with a uniform to match his dad's (but with stripes to outrank him), as a complete surprise to...

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Rob

A visit to the NMA in the Summer of 2015, one of many pilgrimage's we make for numerous reasons. This one a little more poignant because we are teaching the very young to show their respect, here with my grandson,...

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Catherine

My picture is a picture of myself and my grandparents, Wilfred and Gladys Lawley on their 70th Wedding Anniversary with their card from The Queen. Both my grandparents had been in the Armed Forces during World War...

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Celia

This picture is my father on Remembrance Sunday standing outside his Church in Chester. He is aged 96, he was 92 when this photo was taken. He was on the ship Orion when it was attacked, having just been picked up from Crete, many lives were lost. He was captured in...

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Ann

When Rainhill Civic Society started to research the impact of The First World War on our Village, I discovered that one of our young men, 2nd Lt Alfred Thomas Jones, only child of the Rainhill Station Master, was shot down over occupied France on August 30th 1918. He...

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Jean

This photo was taken on the 6th September 1915 of the Abbots Bromley Horn dance and became known as “The Khaki Horn...

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Lisa

Robert Wilton joined the Royal Inn skilling Fusiliers as a boy being awarded the best boy soldier medal in 1946 when he was 16 . He ended his career as the last RSM of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in...

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Craig

Op Grapple 1, 1992/93, patrol around perimeter fence in Gornji Vakuf, central...

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Caroline

"The day I married my soul mate, My best friend and my Hero. Sooo proud to call this man my...

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Hannah

"I was 37 years old when I lost my granddad (I'm 40 now) but he was full of pride for the extended royal naval family he made whilst serving as a 'stoker' in the second world...

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Tim

My father has in his living room displayed proudly medals from his family. His Grandfather Charles John Atherton was in the 2nd Boer War and First World war, he has a photo of Charles John in his South Staffs uniform, red tunic but what he did not have was any photo...

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Kurt

Paula was sent by her parents to England as a 13-year-old from the small village of Bad Rehburg, near Hannover, and was the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust. She never saw her family...

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Gill

This is a photograph of Bert Brealey home on leave in 1944 to marry Cath in Stoke on Trent. During WW11 Bert was a lead tank driver within his division which also carried the commander. Bert was one of the group of soldiers to liberate Belsan concentration camp. He...

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Claire

Brothers..but they never knew..They lived in the same village and fought in the same war. Grt Uncle Albert Jeffrey Cartwright Welsh Regiment and Great Grandad George Cartwright South Wales Borders.. Grt Uncle Albert fell at the Battle of Loos 1915 Lest we forget Their...

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Carol

"I have been connected to the Arboretum since before the beginning and started the Friends. the first photo...

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Victoria

I have been connected to the Arboretum since before the beginning and started the Friends. These are pictures taken in the early years including some of the judging of the first photo...

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Martin

This is a picture of a team of former Royal Marines veterans (Falklands, Iraq, N.Ireland, Linbang, Aden, and Afghanistan) family and friends who started "The Per Mare Per Terram Challenge" (150 Bike ride to Teddington Lock London followed by a 22 mile row in a gig...

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Susan

My photograph is of my father, Edward Murphy flight engineer, standing in front of his Lancaster bomber with his crew. This was an unusual crew because my father, hailing from South Shields on Tyneside, was the only Englishman in this otherwise all Australian...

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Andy

My dad, Hal Joseph Davenport, was born in the early hours of the morning on 29th October 1930 at Springfield Lane, Dudley. Where the name Hal came from he was never really sure – his Auntie claimed she thought of it, his dad said there was an old western book called...

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Jo

My fiancé Martyn Garbett, 23 years veteran of the Parachute Regiment. This photo was taken on Remembrance Sunday 2014 at the...

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John

My Grandfather, William (Billy) Richardson Renney & his brother Robert (Roy) Kirkbride Renney were both in the Westmorland & Cumberland Yeomanry, 8th Border Regt in WWI. My Grandfather survived the war, he was born in 1893 and died 1985. Sadly, his brother didn't and...

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Steve

My Grandfather, William (Billy) Richardson Renney & his brother Robert (Roy) Kirkbride Renney were both in the Westmorland & Cumberland Yeomanry, 8th Border Regt in WWI. My Grandfather survived the war, he was born in 1893 and died 1985. Sadly, his brother didn't and...

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Derek

I am ex Stafford and live locally so have sen the arboretum grow from the very start. From contributing to "Shot at Dawn" to a dedicated "Waller" every October this place holds a special place in my heart. I love these pics, a total contrast from being on my bike for...

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Daryl

This is 14F, medics in Gulf War 1. The three medics were also trained to drive and maintain the AFV432 Armoured Ambulance within the Regimental Aid Post of the 14/20th King's Hussars...

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Patricia

"Photos of my dad, Edmond Bernard Adderley in Africia, dated April 1946. he was not demobed for over 12 months after the war ended, how wonderful were these photos to their familys during and after the war to see their love ones. my mum kept them for over fifty years...

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Tracey

1st Blackford's Sea Scouts at the annual Remembrance Parade in Cannock, Explorer Sea Scouts laying the...

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Ernest

  24831572 Staff Sergeant Simon Chell. Royal Corps of Signals. Simon served 21 years in the army, joining as an apprentice at 16 years of age and died in service in 2009 at 36 years of age. He saw active service in the Balkans,Northern Ireland,Sierra Leone,...

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Andy

"Here I am pictured at my great uncle's grave at Brouay CWGC. 5257737 Lance Corporal Albert Edward Frampton, 1st Battalion the Worcestershire Regiment, landed on D-Day,6th of June 1944 and was subsequently killed in action on the 27th of June 1944, at a place called...

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Diary Dates

Did you come and have your photos scanned last weekend at The National Memorial Arboretum? We are back at Easter on the 7th and 8th...

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Sally

My son Captain Dan Read was KIA Afghanistan in 2010. In October 2009 he was injured & returned to England for hospital care. I was able to spend a whole week with him at his home with his lovely wife who he had married in 2008. I feel I got to know him & the man he...

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Paul

This is a really beautiful place for anyone to come and visit, in which one can feel comfortable, at ease with the vast surrounding of the beauty of the forests and also pay the tributes to those you are no longer with us from all the vast collection of...

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Julie

My cousin, Larry Stephens, served with No. 5 Commando during the Second World War and is remembered at the National Memorial Arboretum on the Commando Memorial. After the war, Larry became a scriptwriter and was one of the founding members and main writers of the...

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Karen

The Morris photographs show my grandfather who was a police reservist in WW11, and Jack Morris national service in 1947. My Uncle Arthur Morris was a captain in the Royal Pioneer Corps and was one of those who liberated a nazi camp in 1945. Unfortunately I do not know...

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Stewart

Charles W Lockwood with his nephew David Lockwood. One of only a couple of pictures we have of my Grandad Charles Lockwood, this was on taken in London before setting out for duty during WW2. My Grandad died in 1969 with my mom being 7 at the time. I have since have...

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Brian

My father, William Davie 14 Section RAOC born Barnstaple Devon. POW Singapore and Burma/Thailand. Died...

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Keneilwe

As Don's family, teachers, friends, South African and Polesworth communities, we remember Don for his funny character, infectious smile and politeness. Don had enormous physical, mental and spiritual strength which he maximised in challenging situations. Our strongest...

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Patricia

The two young lovers, Edmond Bernard and Mary Louisa Adderley, who wed at the beginning of the war and their life saving baby daughter. One night my older sister, who at the time was only a baby, wailed for a bottle. My parents both went down together to tend to her...

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Carol

This is my son Lcpl Peter Eustace D.O.B. 13/08/1986 age 25yrs he served with 2Rifles.... K.I.A Afghanistan 16/11/2011..... In the picture is me his mum at the Rifles Statue at the NMA placing flowers n wreaths just after Rememberance Sunday 2014..... I find t NMA...

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Gina

My father Leonard Auckland served in the Royal Navy and was on the Arctic Convoys as a gunner and has now received the Arctic Star award. My mother was a volunteer in the fire service during WW2 in...

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Paul

This was my first visit to this place and I was overwhelmed in what I saw in the way of all the memorials and the vast landscape this gives in the way of a wonderful tribute to those you have lost the life’s. I will be coming again with my friends from the Birmingham...

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Thomas

In Memory of Thomas Conway MM, Company Sergeant Major 21671, 6th Bn., York and Lancaster Regiment who died on 11th October 1918.  Age 23. Son of Mr and Mrs S Conway of Artisan Street Sheffield. Raillencourt is a village in the Department of the Nord about five...

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John

Liz Reid brought in some photographs to scan. Her father’s brother was known as ‘wor Jackie’ Private John Navin, 7th Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Service no: 2990268 Born Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne,  County Durham Killed in action 24th March 1945 in Holland, no...

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Frederick

My Dad (Frederick Street was in the 1/5 Notts and Derby Sherwood Foresters. His memory is so special and others like him who suffered at the hands of the Japanese from the fall of Singapore to the end of the war. When he returned from captivity he weighed six stone. ...

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Kenneth

" This is a photograph of my father Kenneth Robinson who landed on Juno Beach on 06-06-44, D.Day.  This photo is from the time when he was serving in Helmond Holland.  He was in the Inns of Court regiment.  I feel extremely proud to have this photo of my father on...

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Jante

Jante Philips was a volunteer at the NMA right from the start until she retired from it in 2015. She brought in some of these photographs and stories to scan. Lt.Col.Ben Wells R.A. 1900-1942, was the officer in charge of all troops on board the American troop ship USA...

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Sue

Sue Purdey brought in a photo of her parents and uncle. Photo 1: Mr & Mrs Booth 1943. Married by special licence in Sutton Coldfield Photo 2: Jessie Booth aged 22 Photo 3: Dorothy Booth aged 20 Photo 4: Vernon Booth1944 and Violet Sabrina Hossac. Wedding took place in...

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George

Janet brought in some photos of her Dad PTE Georg Edward Parker 4975931 of the Sherwood Foresters: " My dad was a POW under the barbaric Japanese and was released in 1945.  He never really spoke about it so I really never knew the extent of the cruelty. I went to the...

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Thomas

In Memory of Thomas Conway MM, Company Sergeant Major 21671, 6th Bn, York and Lancaster Regiment. Son of Mr and Mrs S Conway of Artisan Street Sheffield. Please scroll down to see the poem written by...

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Richard

Richard Stimpson at 18 years of age and at 75 ( before and after ) who joined the Royal Navy and served some 9 years visiting 36 countries from the Baltic to India in active service in Aden and the Middle East, East Coast of Africa down to the Zambize River. Also he...

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Sarah

"2245 days ago my handsome son Pte James Prosser was killed in Afghanistan 27th September 2009. That day changed my life forever and broke my heart. I have missed James every second of every day since and will continue to do so until we can be together again. James...

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Denise

My deceased husband, a former West Midlands police officer. Lost his life in the line of duty. During his 28 year service he served as a long standing member of the frontline firearms team. Much of his training for this job took,place at derelict military sites...

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Robert

"After being born with CDH which damages the lungs, my son Robert was given a life span of possibly two weeks - this December he is 24 years old, fairly fit and...

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Grandad Salt

"This is my great great grandfather George Salt, Pte 12214 from Armitage with his wife Alice and son George. He served with the 9th Royal Warwickshire's and was killed in Action on the 9th of April 1916 in Sanniyat,...

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Tracy

"This is my great grandfather william, he fought in the Second World War. He became part of the Normandy landings and also his troops were some of the first in to liberate Belsen concentration...

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Tim

Sergeant Harry Follws, my uncle. Enlisted 1936. Killed in action 10 August 1945 Burma.

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Terry

"As a volunteer at the National Memorial Arboretum I am sometimes privileged to be in the right place at the right time. Royal Navy Association...

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Susan

The Olympic torch relay at the Arboretum in...

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Susan

"My 98 year old Chelsea Pensioner Father is the 2nd oldest in the Royal Hospital Chelsea. He was a POW for 3 and a half years, captured in Singapore and spent his time working on the dockyards, for the Japanese, in Saigon, Vietnam. He says his time as a POW was...

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Sue

"George narrowly escaped being captured by the Germans in Greece in April 1941. He was sent to the Far East and was in Java just before the Japanese invasion. Nearly evading capture George was brutally treated before being sent to Java and Sumatra. He ended up in...

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Steve

"Ex Harrogate apprentices visited the Arboretum to lay a wreath at the apprenticememorial. Furthest travelled was from...

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The Long Walk

Picture taken at the memorial to Cpl Woods and Cpl Howes murdered in Northern Ireland    

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Steve

Me paying my respects to a those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can have...

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Sharon

My uncle Raymond Taylor was in the Royal Navy protecting the Suez Canal at the very same time his brother, my uncle Brian Taylor was also in Egypt protecting the Suez Canal (Oct/Nov 1956)for the British Army. My uncle Raymond had a word with the captain of the ship...

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Sandra

"This is the Gallipoli memorial at the Aboretum taken 17 May 2015. My partner Mike and I, both New Zealanders had been selected by ballot and attended the 100th Commemoration of the landing at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli on 25th April just prior to visiting the Aboretum....

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Samantha

"My wonderful Grandfather, affectionately known as Pop Pop. The picture is of him as a Chelsea Pensioner with his great grandchildren. He was a Normandy Veteran, served in the Royal Tank Regiment. Alas he passed away in Feb...

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Roger

"Just a case of being in the right place at the right time with a camera. I am a Saturday Volunteer at the Arboretum and this was too good to miss, or keep hidden from...

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Donna & Beverley

"Beverley Smyk of Toronto, Canada lost her Twin Donna aged 8, she has strived ever since to help others in the same predicament, get over their Twinless Grief,being an inspiration to many others ever since." Beverley commissioned the Picture from an Artist friend of...

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Philippa

"We had a very proud day on Wednesday 25/11/15 seeing for ourselves the Foundation base, everyone has worked so hard to fund raise to make happen, one Beaver, one cub, one Scout, 2 leaders, and a lovely guide, proudly standing side by side. He talked to us as we all...

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Pauline

"I found this photograph among family items in October 2015. I do not recall anyone speaking about the tragic loss of my late grandfather’s cousin during the Great War. I have discovered that Lce. Cpl. Charles Englefield Hatter’s name is on the Loos Memorial where he...

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Nigel

"These images were all taken on a visit in early January 2015. I have no personal reason to visit other than to pay my respects. I sent a number to the Arboretum and I am delighted and proud that one was used as a Fridge Magnet for sale in the...

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Sgt Steve Roberts

"This is my son Sgt Steve Roberts who was killed in Iraq in 2003, he was the 1st soldier to die in this war on the 24th March, he was with Royal tank regiment."...

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Lorraine

"My son Aaron James McClure was killed in Afghanistan August 2007 and his name isproudly on the Wall. His 3 brothers Lewis, Daniel and Ryan attended the Rededication of the afghanistan memorial this year, it was the first time my sons had been to...

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Lesley

"This is a picture of my dad, Rex Pascoe. He served with REME during WW2."

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Keith

"Just a case of being in the right place at the right time with a camera. I am a Saturday Volunteer at the Arboretum and this was too good to miss, or keep hidden from...

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Kathryn

"My father. Bob Greenshields 18 years old in 1945 in his Fleet Air Arm flying gear. Ready to look for U boats in the North Sea. We hung this photo over his hospital bed in 2011 inthe hope that the staff would see the young man who served his country until the 1970s in...

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Kate

"This picture was taken when my family and I were invited to the NMA for the dedication of the Afghanistan Bastion Wall. My brother was taken from us in March 2011 just 4 days from finishing a 6 month tour. On special occasions like this we will always hold our head...

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Karen

The photograph was taken of my father and I at the Arboretum during the Polish Armed Forces Memorial Unveiling Ceremony on 19 September 2009. My father died of prostrate cancer only a few weeks later on 9 November 2009. He was deported to the former USSR in 1940 and...

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Jon

"My father first took me to the national memorial arboretum approx. 7 years ago. As a former Harrogate Army Apprentice (intake 54A) and ex serviceman with the Royal. Signals he was absolutely fascinated with the place. This fascination filtered down to me and we...

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John

"On 30 October 1943 Sgt Jim Chance was flying as rear gunner in a Wellington Bomber on a mission to bomb Perugia aerodrome in Italy. As they crossed the coast of Italy they experienced engine trouble and crashed in the mountains near Ischia Di Castro. All his crew...

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Jonathon

10 Brothers went to war and all came back to Lincolnshire alive, but at terrible cost to three who were suffering PTSD.... one a POW.. 2 wounded....one of the twins had a breakdown and just disappeared in 1946... never heard of again. Not one of the brothers ever...

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John

"Norman James Arthur – Spent the early part of his career in the Merchant Navy. He was the electrical officer on the MV Congonian which was mined in November 1940, following the sinking of the Congonian he joined the RNVR as a S/Lt, then Lt." "George Frederic Arthur –...

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Jon

"Ride to the wall 2015. We supported the riders from the Alrewas A38 flyover, wonderful turn...

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John

"The family were very proud to have received The Arctic Star medal on behalf of my dad – awarded in 2014 after 69 years - in recognition of his naval service on the perilous Russian...

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Jeremy

"The day I found my great great uncle who died on the 3rd day of the...

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Jenna

"Remembrance Sunday 2015 with my husband who has served 7 years in the army, two tours of Afghanistan. Also in the picture is our...

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Jackie

  Steve & Jackie - "we came on our bikes to support and show respect to all the brave service men and women these are a few of our photo's from the day."...

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Ian

One of our Battle of Britain pilots, Sgt Peter McIntosh, sadly shot down and killed during the...

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Harry

"Me and my mother, Linda, helped install and de-install the Poppies at the Tower ofvLondon to remember those who gave their lives. I am currently undergoing officervtraining at the RAFC Cranwell. My mother has been supportive of everything I do and volunteering...

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Glyn

Beryl Fitchett. Joined the National Fire Service in 1942 as a pump operator. Seconded as a Motorcycle Despatch Rider and riding a 500cc Vincent , her duties involved a 48 hour tour of duty, ferrying messages and firefighters between stations and guiding incoming crews...

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Dorothy

"My Uncle was one of the 5 crew of flight RE297 of RAF 61 Squadron, that were killed when their Avro Lincoln flew into Mount Kinangop, Kenya. They were sent over there to help out with the Mau Mau conflict, having survived WW2 unscathed."...

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Brian

"My grandfather – Stoker Petty Officer Percy Adams is pictured extreme left of those standing, and following this patrol, was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for “Distinguished service in submarines in enemy...

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Angela

"This is me at my first veterans parade after completing 20 years in the Army. It was the first commemorative parade for Afghan...

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My dad

My father - a WWII Eighth Army veteran - photo of him out in Suez post war, when he was in the...

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Adam

Serving 9 operational tours to date, my last being HERRICK 11. I was taken critically ill shortly after my return, & have fought my own personal battle to walk again & return to full...

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My great uncle

This picture is of my Great Uncle, Private George Whiteley's grave in Boisleux-Au-Mont, France as well as the grave of his comrade Private John Ball Watson. They were killed just before the retreat to the...

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Portrait of Alan

"Whilst on Front of House duties at the NMA covering the "replicate" Armed Forces Memorial (AFM) during the improvement works to the AFM. Trainee MOD photographers asked to take my photograph and discuss reasons for being...

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Grandpa & Grandma

"This is a picture of my grandpa and grandma with my son. It is the last picture taken of my grandparents together and made special by having it with there great grandson, my grandpa was ex-RAF as...

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