National Arboretum Memorial

The re-dedication service took place at 12.00.Hrs. on Monday 13th June 2016 at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Litchfield, Staffordshire.

This article was submitted by Mrs Janet Barkway, along with photos she took and some by West Branch Chairman, Ray Wrigglesworth.  The web site administrator thanks you both for your contribution.

The newly refurbished George Cross memorial looked resplendent despite the drizzle, and most definitely ready for the re-dedication service.

Nothing could dampen the spirits of the National Chairman, West Branch Chairman, the Standard Bearers, Veterans and many members and supporters who had gathered for this much anticipated event. 

We had all been looking forward to seeing the results of so much planning and hard work, and we were not at all disappointed.  The newly refurbished memorial is magnificent and the rededication service was excellent.

The officiating clergy was the Revered Fiona Solman from the Diocese of Derby.

The National Chairman welcomed us all, and thanked everyone involved for their donations towards the restoration costs. 

Special thanks also to George Martin for his passionate help with this project whereupon he was presented with a gift and Life Membership to the GCIA.

The address was delivered by Robert Dobbie who gave a short history of his late grandfather General, Sir William Dobbie (Governor of Malta 1940 -1942).

Wreaths were laid by The National Chairman for the GCIA, Alec Braybrooke for the Royal Navy, Percy Pink for the Army, Walter Chadwick for the Royal Air Force, Alan Sandall for the Merchant Navy.After the service there was time for refreshments, an indoor picnic and convivial socialising.

A few members went on the arboretum road train and we were delighted to listen to the up to date commentary which included a mention of our own memorial.