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Mr Benjamin Pearce is an ex-serviceman who served 9 years in the RAMC but was unfortunately medically discharged in 2012 due to various reasons but mainly due to the loss of vision in his right eye. He has now been given the opportunity to run the London Marathon in 2024 and will be doing this on behalf of the SENSE (Safety through Education, Not Speed Enforcement) a charity that supports and cares for children that are blind and deaf and have other complex illnesses / injuries. His choice of sponsorship towards his goal is to auction Military Memorabilia (statues, books, badges etc.) with all proceeds going towards SENSE. He aims to raise as much money as possible for what he calls a “beautiful” charity so they can give the life support the children need. His first auction will be on Remembrance weekend (11th and 12th November). Donations, large or small, can be sent to Mr Pearce at the following address:

Apartment 32
Countess Of Wessex House
537A Staines Road
FELTHAM
TW14 8BP

07956 011145 (Where a voicemail can be left)

The Grimsby Branch of the RAMC Association has recently donated a cheque in the sum of £119.30 to Hull4Heroes. The funds were accumulated over many events that the Grimsby Branch attended during 2022 and this year where their free offering of face painting to children was generously followed by donations from either the children or their parents. Hull4Heroes is an amazing organisation which organise many types of activities and groups for veterans to meet up and get involved in. The picture shows the cheque ceremony of the donation which too place on Saturday 9th September 2023.

National Secretary
Sep 23

On Saturday 2 September a commemorative Plaque was erected and dedication to the Late Lt Col Ferdinand Simeon Le Quesne VC, RAMC.

The event, which took place in Bristol (6, Victoria Square, Clifton), was arranged and facilitated by the Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society (CHIS*). Attendance included the chairman of CHIS Brian Worthington as the Master of Ceremonies, Christopher Ackroyd FRCS, Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE CStJ, along with members and the Standard of the RAMC Bristol Branch and Brig Chris Parker CBE representing the RAMC on behalf of the Representative Colonel Commandant.

For those spotters amongst you, the name Ackroyd would have stood out and curiously and interestingly Christopher Ackroyd FRCS not only researched the dedicated VC but is the grandson of the Late Capt Harold Ackroyd VC MC MA MD RAMC. He is the one in the Bowler hat wearing his grandfather’s medals. Brig Parker said, “it was an honour to represent the Corps at the event and a pleasure to be there”. Special thanks go to the Chair of the Bristol Branch, Bob Lawrence, who first drew the Corps attention to this event, without which, our formal attendance would have not taken place.

*CHIS (http://www.cliftonhotwells.org.uk/ ) which is one of the largest amenity societies in the country was founded 55 years ago and has over 1,100 members. Its main aims are to improve the amenities in its area, preserve its best features, and to maintain the quality of life within its area.

National Secretary
Sep 23

The following narrative is an extract for a Forces News article from 14 August 2023, which Branches might find of interest, if not already seen:

Veterans have responded to calls for more of the younger generation of former Armed Forces personnel to sign up to their local military association.

Former members of the military have turned to social media to give their reasons for not joining their local branch and older veterans and current members of various regimental or service associations have also responded.

It comes after the Garrison Sergeant Major of London District warned younger veterans to use their regimental associations or run the risk of losing them altogether.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Andrew 'Vern' Stokes, who earlier this year oversaw the delivery of the King's coronation, made the plea as some veterans told Forces News regimental associations were too formal, and that sometimes the older veteran community could be difficult to engage with.

Forces News published a poll on X, formerly Twitter, asking "Do regimental associations need to modernise to appeal to younger veterans?"

The policy document “RAMC Association – Guidance on Funding” has been updated and is located under Association Policies and for ease under the Quick Links on the front page of the website, or by clicking here

National Secretary
Aug 23

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.