Just before Christmas, another dear friend, Jim Smith, was seriously ill with a variety of complications. Just after Christmas he was rushed to Lewisham Hospital and after some good treatment over several days – and Jim’s strong resolve and show of will-power to ensure he gets to Normandy this year – proved very beneficial and he was soon on the mend.
It was just before Christmas that we sadly lost another very fine WWII veteran when our dear friend Fred Field went to sleep, aged 92.
In September we once again completed a 2-day collection at a local ASDA store. We are extremely grateful to the store management for their kind support as well as to the customers. Over the Friday and Saturday, we collected £1,414.
We certainly do appreciate our group of loyal and dedicated veteran members who donated their time to stand outside the store for an entire day each, from 10am to 5pm collecting. Sincere thanks to each and every one of you for your support.
Poor is the nation who has no heroes; Shameful is the nation that, having heroes, forgets them.
Such is our honoured and respected saying, and it is certainly embraced by one of our recent new members, who despite her own troubles during the war, is determined not to forget others who served.
Alma was born in Balleymena, in the Republic of Ireland. As a young girl, she moved to Edgware in Nth London, where she still lives. She is one of 18 children, and has 9 children herself.
Annual Reunion and Christmas Dinner Our annual get together this year was held at the Comfort Hotel in Enfield, Middlesex. Along with members present were family, friends and special guests including the Deputy Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Richard Cornelius and…