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Somerset Branch Branch News

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Pleased to say that Somerset Branch continues in good health, another two new younger members in recent months each who have served with RGBW which is encouraging. We meet quarterly on a Sunday morning at a small Royal British Legion Club in the village of Pawlett near Bridgwater. An RBL Club that is going from strength to strength bucking the trend as others are falling by the wayside. We are joined at meetings by our ladies and after the business of the meeting we enjoy together a most enjoyable Sunday roast carvery provided by the RBL Chef at the modest price of just £8. We average in the region of 38 persons for lunch.

The Secretary is now active preparing for our Annual Imjin Commemorative lunch taken place on the 19thMay 2019. A flyer with booking form is now available.

Our outing this year was a trip to Minehead, steam hauled on the West Somerset Railway with a fish & chips supper on board for the return journey. Unfortunately yours truly had to miss out on this one as I decided to have a heart attack instead.The day coincided with a 1940’s day with a WW2 home front and military theme. Static displays and enactment groups made it an interesting day. Even Winston Churchill and Charles De Gaulle made an entrance.

On the 22nd June, Harry North was at Odiham in Hampshire for the dedication of a memorial stone to Captain Manley James VC of the Glosters on the centenary of the action for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Earlier in the month Harry North represented the Branch as Standard Bearer at the unveiling of a memorial to a former citizen of Taunton, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Hugh Montague Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard, GCB, OM, GCVO, DSO who was instrumental in establishing the Royal Air Force. He has been described as the Father of the R.A.F.

23rdOctober saw the Branch represented at Clearwell in the Forest of Dean to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the award of the Victoria Cross to Forester Francis George Miles, Gloucestershire Regiment.

Members of the Regimental Association gathered at his birthplace in the village of Clearwell in the Forest of Dean. They joined members of the Miles family, representatives of the Rifles, the Royal British Legion, Children of Clearwell School, The Parish Council, Friends and villagers of Clearwell. The occasion was the Dedication of a Memorial Commemoration Stone erected in recognition of his outstanding gallantry on the 23rd October 1918. A selection of photographs can be viewed on the; Glosters Photos Gallery Page http://www.glosters.org/pics.htm

Phil Miller
Secretary Somerset Branch.

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