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RAF Triathlon team of six conquer 106 miles with RAF100 baton

Tide, hills and 106 miles were overcome by a team of six RAF triathletes to deliver the RAF100 baton to the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Princess Marina House on Sunday.

The stop was the latest in the 100-day relay which sees the commemorative baton travel around the country, visiting RAF stations and memorials on a mission to celebrate, commemorate and inspire the next generation.

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‘My grandfather recognised the responsibility we have to care for the RAF Family’

My grandfather, Hugh Trenchard, the first Viscount Trenchard, often called the Founder of the RAF, became its first Chief of the Air Staff on its formation on April 1 1918.

The new service was revolutionary: it sought its officers and men from all backgrounds, with my grandfather wanting the very finest people for the fledgling force, whether they were the sons of dukes or dustmen. It was not their background that was important, it was their ability.

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Veterans charity commissioned to chronicle the 160-year history of the Royal Military School of music at Kneller in South West London

Veterans Urged to Come Forward and Tell Their Stories

Following the MOD’s announcement that the Royal Military School of Music is to vacate its historic home at Kneller Hall in South West London, veterans’ charity The Legasee Educational Trust has been commissioned to chronicle over 160 years of military music tradition at the celebrated Grade II listed institution.

Supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and teaming up with local schoolchildren from Chase Bridge School in Twickenham, the Legasee Educational Trust will explore the illustrious history of The RMSM at Kneller Hall and examine the importance of music to the military effort.

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As we approach 1 April and the official launch of the RAF’s centenary celebrations, the RAF Benevolent Fund has shared the story of another incredible centenarian.

Like so many of her generation, Rose doesn’t think her story is worth telling but the 101-year-old WAAF veteran is modestly underplaying her vital role in the D-Day landings and the two honours she received as a result. Here she tells her story…

I joined the RAF when I was 25, in 1941. My fiancé Wilf had been posted to the Middle East so I thought I’d better contribute to the war effort and hopefully get him home sooner!

During the Second World War there were only three trades open to women: MT drivers, cooks and barrage balloon operators.

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Dan Snow, WW1 Historian and SSAFA Ambassador’s letter to media

This year, SSAFA the Armed Forces charity will mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

The charity, of which I am a proud Ambassador, was there for our Armed Forces family then and they’re still here for them now.

For over 130 years and through a number of conflicts, SSAFA has shown its commitment to our service men and women, veterans and their families; relieving need, suffering and distress through its network of local branches.

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The Duke of Wellington celebrates a regimental milestone

Exclusive Apsley House Event Reveals Plans for Memorial Sculpture to mark 300 years of service

Arthur Charles Valerian Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington, welcomed a host of guests to his Apsley House residence on Tuesday 6th March, in aid of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Memorial Appeal.

The private drinks reception, held at ‘Number 1, London’, provided an exclusive unveiling of the memorial Maquette, created in honour of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment’s 300 years of service to the Crown.

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There But Not There commemorative campaign is launched to mark 100 years since the end of WWI.

Ghostly figures of First World War soldiers or ‘Tommies’, have sprung up all over the UK today, as part of a new fundraising campaign led by former Chief of the General Staff, General The Lord Dannatt and supported by Birdsong novelist, Sebastian Faulks.

Hoping to raise in excess of £15 million for armed forces and mental health charities, including Walking With The Wounded, the six foot high Tommies are part of a nationwide art installation called ‘There But Not There’. The campaign marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and aims to commemorate all those who lost their lives.

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Isle of Man Post Office introduces stamps to mark RAF100

As a tribute to all who have served in the Royal Air Force in the last century, Isle of Man Post Office has commissioned a set of eight commemorative stamps.

The stamps are officially licensed by the Ministry of Defence, highlighting the rich history and legacy of the RAF – the world’s first independent air force, founded on 1 April, 2018.

A unique feature of this stamp collection is the incredible depth of information that each stamp contains in relation to the RAF history.

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HMS Collingwood spoilt for choice at WRNS festive sale

Personnel across HMS Collingwood were treated to cakes and other home-made goodies at the Base’s annual WRNS BT Festive Sale.

The Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) celebrated its centenary on 29th November 2017 and events have been going on all year to commemorate this Anniversary, the women who served throughout this time, and their remarkable achievements. Five volunteers from The Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust (WRNS BT) visited HMS Collingwood to tempt sailors and civilians alike with brownies, malt loaves, cakes, biscuits and even jars of marmalade, all home-made by ten talented members.

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