Corps Memorial Appeal

I have just received this email from the RSA. I thought some people who are not members may also be interested in donating.

Dear member,

The National Memorial Arboretum was established some years ago at Alrewas, near Burton on Trent and the Corps made a small contribution in the form of one tree, amongst the 50,000 which have now been planted there. The major feature of the Memorial Arboretum is the large number of monuments which have been erected to commemorate those who have served their country in a wide range of bodies, military and civilian. Details of the Arboretum can be found at

The Memorial Arboretum, which is now run by the British Legion, was awarded a major grant towards the cost of establishing a £7M centre piece entitled the Armed Forces Memorial. Inspired by the memorial wall at Arlington, Washington, it will take the form of a large Portland stone faced wall inscribed with the names of all servicemen and women who have died in action since the end of the Second World War. The Memorial will have a royal opening in October this year

In view of the increased profile of the Memorial Arboretum, it has been decided to erect a Royal Signals Memorial in the form of a full size “Jimmy” on a suitable plinth in a prominent position. The cost of this project is estimated at some £30,000 and it was agreed at the AGM of the Royal Signals Association that an appeal would be made to raise £13,000 from the Association. The Corps Committee has subsequently agreed to fund the balance of the cost. The project has already begun and it is intended that the statue will be in place before the end of this year.

All Branches of the Association have been requested to pledge what they can, but of course there are many members of the Association who do not have direct affiliation with any specific Branch. As one of those members, you are invited to make a donation in aid of this appeal – any amount, say a fiver, would be most gratefully received. Cheques, payable to the Royal Signals Benevolent Fund, should be sent to: Admin Officer, Royal Signals Association, Blandford Camp, Dorset DT11 8RH.

Please don’t delay in giving your support for this memorial; it is urgently needed if we are to commemorate all those who have served in the Corps since its formation in a fitting way in the Memorial Arboretum, which is becoming very much a national centrepiece.

Yours sincerely,

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