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The annual Birmingham Branch reunion took place on Friday 10th November 2023 with some 52 attendees. Maj (Retd) Len Ball at 92 was their oldest member in attendance along with their oldest guest a Betty Webb MBE who at 100 years was also at Bletchley Park. The Branch kindly opened their event to Ex- 202 Fd Hosp (V) guests.

National Secretary
16 November 2023

As is the annual tradition, a delegation from across the RAMC Association attending the London Remembrance Sunday Service and amongst its fellow Veterans marched past the Cenotaph to show its respects and honour fallen comrades. A sober but proud occasion where friends of old were also reunited in a common cause.

National Secretary
14 November 2023

The following message has been received from The Royal British Legion (TRBL) Director of Remembrance:

“With Remembrance Sunday less than a week away we are aware that the situation in the Middle East and the protests in the UK may be causing some concerns among your members who are registered to join us for the March Past the Cenotaph.

At this point, we are not aware of any potential protests during RBL Remembrance events. Please be assured that we are closely monitoring the situation and remain in close contact with the police and relevant government departments. We will provide further guidance by email if required and ask that you share any updates with your attendees.

Thank you for your support, we look forward to welcoming you to Horse Guards Parade on Sunday as we come together to ensure that the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community is always remembered”.

National Secretary
8 November 2023

The annual Field of Remembrance took place on Thursday 9th November and this year our Corps delegation was in the presence of HRH The Queen Consort.

National Secretary
14 November 2023

As part of maintaining and enhancing the historical records of the RAMC, but specifically operations, campaigns and war, an Oral History Project has been set in motion. The Project, endorsed and substantially funded by the RAMC Charity is being carried out jointly by the Museum of Military Medicine (MMM) at Keogh Barracks and Oxford University through Dr Jonathan Krause. As many will recall the MMM was formerly the Army Medical Services (AMS) Museum and before that the RAMC Museum.

The museum is very conscious that it lacks first-hand accounts of recent operations, of which there have been many, and it rightly wishes to fill such gaps especially before such experiences are lost. Afterall our history is “the whole series of past events connected with a particular person or thing”.

It is also recognised that medical operations do not function solely with RAMC personnel and that more broadly QARANC, RADC and RAVC have also made their vital contribution and whilst not exclusive, input is being sought from recent campaigns such as:

Op GRITROCK
Op NIGHTINGALE
Op PITTING
Op RESCRIPT
PTSD / Mental Health Campaigns
Veterans Champions Initiatives in consort with the NHS
Rehabilitation via Headley Court and now Stamford Hall
Recent CoViD-19 Pandemic
Medical Organisation Changes

All recordings will be deposited with the museum and this invitation is to capture the voices of all regulars, reserves, and specifically veterans for their experiences and perspectives, and as such Association members are strongly recommended to volunteer for interview.

Volunteers are strongly encouraged to step-forward and share their experiences.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Museum Director, Jason Semmens on 01252 868820 or by e-mail: director@museumofmilitarymedicine.org.uk

National Secretary
November 2023

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 25 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.