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Brig MacMillan


2020 is a year we could all have done without and has featured a once in a century dramatic experience no one really anticipated. Covid-19 has had a profound and prolonged impact on all our lives, and this is far from over. It has had a marked effect on the Association and its Branches. We have lost members, sadly, to the virus and we haven’t been able to function the way we normally do through direct social interaction and collective activity. And yet, the very nature of our purpose and construction means that the Covid-19 threat has brought out the essence of what we stand for: mutual support and assistance. We might have been restricted in our social interactions but this hasn’t stopped us getting in touch with each other through imaginative modern means. Whilst we worry about the infirmed and the vulnerable, and I commend the efforts of Branches to assist them with tangible physical aid, it is through our continuing inter-communication that the unseen, hidden, side effect of the pandemic, mental stress, is being alleviated.

Christmas is important to our lives and to our families, but it is, this year, much constrained. We may well have to accept that short term pain will help provide for long term gain although this might be little comfort to those families that have members long in isolation or with a short life expectancy. But the New Year does bring hope and the prospect of vaccines should see us through this crisis in due course. We need therefore to stick with the plan and endure for some time yet. And, incidentally, make sure you have the vaccine when it is offered and encourage family members to do the same. Ignore the siren voices of the anti-vaccinators and the mischievous that abound on social media.

What Covid-19 has brought to the fore is the need, the competency and the effectiveness of the serving RAMC, Regular and Reserve, in order to support the national effort. Normally it is on some overseas battlefield but today it is very much on the home front that our successors, and future members, are making their impact. I congratulate them on their contribution to the nation’s health.

So 2021 will remain trying for the near term but there are undoubted grounds for optimism that we shall come through the pandemic and resume our core business of supporting our veterans and promoting our rich heritage. Thank you all for your continuing support to the Association as it makes my job as Chairman all the easier and more pleasurable.

Alistair Macmillan
23 December 2020

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.