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...

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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...

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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 Thomas.

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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 healthy."

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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, Iraq."

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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 camp."

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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 Memorial."

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Susan

The Olympic torch relay at the Arboretum in 2012.

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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 Australia."

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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 our freedom.

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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 2014."

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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 view."

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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 shop."

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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 visit."

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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 view."

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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 out."

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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 Convoys."

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Jeremy

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

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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 daughter."

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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 battle.

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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 waters”."

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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 veterans."

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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 RAF.

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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 service.

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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 Dunkirk.

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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 a Volunteer."

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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 well."

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