|Posted by [email protected] on June 18, 2016 at 6:05 PM||comments (0)|
On Friday 17th of June we held a short Memorial Service for Canadian Soldier Private George Burchell, who was killed near the Crooked Billet Roundabout in Iver Heath, in the last year of WW1.
It was held at the Totem Pole on the roundabout, an area rich with Canadian links, from the founders of the Hudson Bay Company and many more.
We hope to place a small memorial there before the Centenary of his death. Private Burchell was based in Black Park with the Canadian Forestry Corps and now lays to rest in St Margarets Church in Iver Heath. The local Scout group have been honouring him every year at Remembrance since 2007.
|Posted by [email protected] on June 18, 2016 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
We now have full approval for the Vulcan Air Crash memorial at London's Heathrow Airport. We hope to unveil on the 1st of October and will be arranging further details over the next few weeks.
This shot shows XA897 on her World tour.
|Posted by [email protected] on May 14, 2016 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
A lovely chat with the team at Avro Heritage the other day trying to locate their fallen colleagues family & friends (and colleagues) in the 1956 crash at Heathrow and today with the metal works who is looking at designs for the memorial in a very distinctive shape.
Just waiting to hear back now from the Archbishops Office, watch this space...
|Posted by [email protected] on April 20, 2016 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
We have launched on Facebook our page for the RAF Centenary in 2018 (yes we know its 2 years away...) and will start drip feeding some of our projects in over the coming months. But we are most proud of a couple of projects that we hope will make a million pounds for Service Charities in 2018.
The company who is helping us work on this today sent out some samples which have helped us decide on a few pointers and look at their venue in the North to make these items and we hope to work with young people on these projects to assist with the creation and the managing of the project, which will see 200 in effect 'memorials' be created and placed across the UK and who knows...even across the Commonwealth and the Globe.
They say Where Eagles Dare - we dare
They say Reach for the Sky - we reach further, much further, we reach for the stars
Per Ardua Ad Astra
|Posted by [email protected] on April 20, 2016 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|
Paperwork through for our application to be considered for a memorial to form the 'central' memorial or our 'canine compass', the site at the National Memorial Arboretum would be the central one featuring man and dog in perfect working harmony (it did happen...sometimes...honest), whilst to the East would be a memorial to Buster our defacto mascot, but definitly the former mascot of the Royal Air Force Police.
To the South there is the memorial to all those lost to the Sutton Wick Air Crash, but we hope to add a canine twist to the Sutton Wick site (subject to approval) as the site is very popular with dog walkers and owners (as well as Geese, Ducks, Chickens and Horses - if this years memorial was anything to go by).
Whilst the largets memorial will be at Holywell in North Wales, this will be the largest memorial to Military Working Dogs in the UK and Europe we believe.
We will then consider a site to the North.
Until then please help the last push for a memorial to Buster and then onwards and upwards to a National Memorial for all Branches of the Armed Services Military Working Dogs.
|Posted by [email protected] on March 19, 2016 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
Excellent news after a visit to the site for our Tri Service Memorial to all Military Working Dogs and the Mascots who were so responsible for keeping up the morale of Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen in Conflicts across the World.
Great support from the team at the site with not only the site promised, but a rather useful donation to start the ball rolling, we have also secured the support of a very special lady and her family.
We are now recruiting people to help work on the project in the North Wales area, please contact us if you can assist fundraising, planning, creating. This will be the biggest memorial to Military Working Dogs in the UK and Europe.
|Posted by [email protected] on March 11, 2016 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
For those that wish to make donations for the work we undertake, please contact us via the contact form on this website and we can forward details of our bank to you. For certain campaigns we also use Just Giving so watch out for details of specific campaigns (which we will update on the Website, Facebook and Twitter).
Thank you in advance for any support you can offer.
|Posted by [email protected] on March 11, 2016 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
The new memorial to the 1957 Sutton Wick Air Crash was unveiled last weekend, with several family members of those lost being present, joining with local residents, members of the Royal Air Force, Volunteers and Cadets. As well as ex members of the RAF Police who had 8 dog handlers on the flight and members of the Wiltshire Branch of the RAF Police Association.
Some family members had travelled many miles to attend the unveiling in Sutton Wick Lane, with a new memorial created by local resident Mr Brian Eastoe, who had been moved by last years event and promised he would use his 60 years of experience to good effect and carve a more lasting monument to those lost on the ground and in the aircraft. Mr Eastoe has given up his time in both planning, designing and carving but also in attending Parish Council meetings and organising donations of Snowdrops to be planted to remember the 8 RAFP 'Snowdrops' and a company to help fix the memorial in place.
Flt Lt David Skillen part of the RAF Chaplain team at Brize Norton led the service and was joined by the local vicar Rev. Rebecca Peters. An RAF Bugler from the Central Band played the last post, whilst a local District Council chairman later spoke of his personal experiences as a young boy seeing the crash at first hand.
The OC of 30 Squadron who had at one time served as a member of 47 Squadron, one of the Squadrons on board the aircraft at the time of the crash. The Czech Defence atatche also attended as one of the crew was originally from Czechoslavkia and had served during the Battle of Britain. The Chairmen and Ladies of several local counicls joined, Military Personnel, Cadets and the Memorial Mob in laying wreaths and dog leads (a symbol to show the RAF Police dogs at rest).
The whole service was very moving and thank you for all the kind words we have received since, we will return to the Lane in 2017 for the 60th Anniversary to do what we can to ensure those lost are not forgotten.
Thank you to all those who attended and we look forward to seeing you in 2017 if not before.
|Posted by [email protected] on February 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
Watch this space and our Twitter and Facebook page for details of the Badge for Buster 2016 version coming soon.
|Posted by [email protected] on February 19, 2016 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
We are looking to work towards another memorial in the Yorkshire area following the unveiling of the information & memorial board to the Sutton Wick Air Crash in the last surviving Blackburn Beverley aircraft in the World at Paull Fort in 2015.
The team at Hull and East Yorkshire at War will be helping us fundraise for the project and we would be delighted to hear from the team at BAe Brough where the Blackburn Buccaneer aircraft were built, local Air Cadets and other interested parties to remember the two crewman who died on this day in 1963.