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To all Serving and Retired members of the RAMC, please watch the attached video messages from our Col in Chief and the RAMC Association Chairman, on this day to celebrate our 123rd year as a Corps.

Take time to think about our Officers and Soldiers who are serving both overseas on Operations and in the UK with the response to COVID. Also give a moment in your thoughts to the 32 Serving and Retired members of the RAMC family who have passed away in the past year.

We hope that next year we will all be able to celebrate together again.

“In Arduis Fidelis”

Message from Will Tower, Regional Director ABF South East:

On 28 May 2022, ABF The Soldiers' Charity is organising a large-scale Falklands 40th Anniversary Dinner at Pangbourne College near Reading. I have invited many veterans so far including Mike Scott and John Kiszley (late-Scots Guards) along with Hew Pike and Chris Keeble (late-PARA) and Sara Jones (widow of H Jones) along with other key personnel and critically a VVIP etc...(name withheld at this stage).

The reason for this message is firstly to send an invitation to the Army Medical Services to see if you would like to think about a few key people to attend from your own perspective. What I have done with other Regiments and Corps, is to ask if a couple of suitable veterans (who were present in the Falklands in the '82 Conflict) could be tracked down and then a couple of serving individuals too - this allowing us to seek to host 2 x tables from the AMS at this event. The AMS personnel selected would be non-paying guests, thereafter as a Charity...my aim is to seek support from the wider public to pay to attend to fundraise for the Army's National Charity. I want to get the balance of having at least 1 x veteran on each table and a serving soldier too to bring to light what the current generation are doing and showcase their Corps/Regiments as one might expect.

This will be a black-tie event (or Mess Kit/uniform for serving personnel) consist of a drinks reception, followed by a 3-course dinner and auction to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1982 Falklands War. In my own view, whilst it is easy to mention the F Echelon troops who took part.....it is also imperative that the AMS have a footprint to show to make sure that everyone is aware of the massive contribution that they gave at the time (if that makes sense).

Please contact me, Will on 01276412960

Remembering the Forgotten War

The BKS is arranging an event to honour British veterans of the Korean War on Thursday 24 June 2021. The event will take place at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, but attendance will be limited and the event will also be streamed live over YouTube and Zoom. This will allow veterans, and any others who might be interested, to watch and to take part from their own homes, or from a number of centres that have agreed to host veterans for the afternoon.

Date: Tuesday 25 May 2021    Time: 10:00 am

Venue: Aldershot Crematorium Guildford Road Aldershot GU12 4BP

Family flowers only, but donations can be made to Phylis Tuckwell Hospice and Macmillan Cancer using the link https://Glynwalker.muchloved.com Also via that site you can leave a tribute.

Sue and the family have taken much comfort in the messages and many cards they have received, from past and present friends and colleagues, especially the many tributes to Glyn on Facebook. All cards and messages will be collated into one document and then attached to Glyn's Book of Condolence. The family wish to thank everyone for their kind words.

Regrettably, due to the current Covid regulations and the crematorium's restrictions, we are limited to numbers permitted to attend. We must comply with these restrictions. Sadly, this means most people wishing to be present, will not be able to unless invited. Glyn was very well organised and positive right until the end and accordingly had made a list of those people he would wish to attend, (wearing Suits, Corps tie, no medals. Masks.) That said, after discussions with the Crematorium management, they have agreed, that friends and colleagues not attending the service, can if they so wish, line the driveway, on the provision that once Glyn's coffin has entered the chapel, that they vacate the area due to the next service.

The situation is not ideal. Sue is sorry that numbers have to be restricted and wishes that hopefully, once the world returns to normality, we can all have a gathering in the local area, to remember and celebrate Glyn's life in the style and manner he would of approved.

If you wish to watch the funeral service, online, please go to the following website: https://www.obitus.com/

Obitus
Service Order for
Glyn Walker
Service Date 25 May 2021
Service Chapel - Aldershot
www.obitus.com
Username yoze2029
Password 317320
Streaming commences 5 minutes prior to the start of the service and remains online for 28 days.
In case of connection issues please contact 01252 321653

Blue BookIn view of the current uncertainty and inability to effect planning the RAMC has cancelled its Blue Book events for the remainder of 2021 with the exception of the following:.

  • Field of Remembrance
  • Remembrance Sunday
  • Turning of the Pages (from October)

The decision for the three events above remains with TRBL and Westminster Abbey and will be announced as soon as known.

AGMs,Board Meetings etc will continue to be held by Zoom.

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1925, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 28 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.