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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

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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.