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HM Forces Veterans Badge

You can get an armed forces veterans badge if you’ve served in any of the UK armed forces – there’s no fee.

HM Forces Veterans Badge

HM Forces Veterans Badge


You can apply if you were in the:

Royal Navy
Royal Marines
Royal Air Force (RAF)
volunteer or regular reserves

How to apply

Download and fill in the application for an armed forces veterans badge.
application for an armed forces veterans badge.

You’ll need to give as much information as possible, such as:

type of service, eg army or Royal Navy
service number
period of service

Send the form by post, fax or email to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Medal Office – the address is on the form.

You can also apply using the freephone helpline.

MOD Medal Office
Freephone (UK only): 0808 1914 218
Telephone (from overseas): +44 1253 866 043
Fax: 01452 510 871

The authority for the instigation of the HMAFVB was the, then Minister for Veterans,Ivor Caplin MP. The original concept behind this Ministry of Defence initiative was for it to be made available to those Second World War veterans who applied for the Heroes Return scheme in 2004/5, which formed part of the celebrations for 60th Anniversary of the events that led to the end of the Second World War.
This scheme formed part of the “Veterans Reunited” programme which focused on overseas visits for veterans, their spouses or widows and their carers and enabled veterans to make overseas visits
to commemorate the campaigns in which they participated. The idea being that the badge would clearly identify the wearer as a veteran when undertaking such an overseas visit.

Initially, the HMAFVB was only intended for issue to those veterans returning to the battlefields of the Second World War; however, interest and demand was so great that the eligibility was then extended to all veterans of World War One, World War Two, and those in receipt of a widow(ers) pension. The decision was therefore taken to promote the HMAFVB as a survivor’s badge that would act as a visible symbol of recognition, intended to unite all veterans and raise the general public’s awareness of them.
Consequently eligibility to apply for the HMAFVB was extended in tranches to allow the Veterans Agency (now SPVA) to cope with demand and achieve the current position where all veterans can apply for it. Personnel leaving the Armed Forces automatically receive a Badge within their Service Leavers Pack.

We do replace lost and stolen badges but generally only once (we are content for theSPVA to use some discretion and judgement on an individual basis). However, if the badge is broken and is returned to us then we will of course replace it.

The badge does not have the status of an official honour or commemorative awardsuch as a campaign medal. It is issued to those veterans who apply for it and recipients are encouraged to wear it whenever they wish. There can be no overarching official ruling on when and where the badge should be worn, it is a matter of personal choice other than when attending a formal event, when the organiser may choose to advise those attending.

Veterans are advised and encouraged to wear the badge in public whenever they choose as this serves to visibly raise awareness of the number and varying ages of veterans living in the community. Its symbolism is intended to unite all veterans in recognising the commonality of their service, to encourage a sense of community between surviving veterans and to ignite public recognition of current veterans and their continuing contribution to society.

More information at https://www.gov.uk/apply-medal-or-veterans-badge/apply-for-a-veterans-badge

Remembrance Sunday, All Saints, Chiang Mai

Remembrance Sunday, All Saints, Chiang Mai

Remembrance Sunday, All Saints, Chiang Mai

On Sunday 8th November, All Saints, Chiang Mai, will mark Remembrance Sunday with a service remembering all those who have died in wars and with prayers for peace. This service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include the two minutes silence at 11 a.m.

Hymns will include O God our help in Ages Past, Abide with Me, All my hope on God is Founded, and The Day Thou gavest Lord is Ended.
All Welcome!

All Saints is located at Kaeo Nawarat Road, Soi 2/2, see the map on the website, www.AllSaintsChiangMai.com Regular Episcopal/Anglican Eucharist usually at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. each Sunday morning.

You can contact, Rev. Iain Baxter, Vicar of All Saints, on 0828 955 232 or by email at iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com

November 22nd . Citylife Garden Fair.

This year the fair is being run mainly by Citylife but RBL and Lanna Care Net will be running the second hand and tombola stalls. The proceeds of these 2 stalls will be pooled and divided equally between our 2 causes.
As in previous years, we will need volunteers to help us organize and run the stalls and we have also been asked if we can with the fair set up on the 21st.

Citylife will be arranging for all volunteers to get work permits for the fair, so we need to have a list of volunteers available as soon as we can. (this years requirement is a copy of EVERY page of your passport plus 3 passport photos). Citylife will prepare all the paperwork and I will let you know when you can into their offices to sign the forms etc

Please let me know if you are able to help. Doesn’t need to be all day, we can do a rota.

I have attached a poster for the fair. If anyone would like to book a stall,please let me know.

Sponsored walk Sunday October 5th 2014

Hello all,

To help raise funds for the Royal British Legion, we are arranging a sponsored walk to take place on Sunday October 5th at Huay Tung Teaw walking track. ( just off the northern end of Canal Road). It is a 5 km paved circular track and we suggest that participants undertake 1 or 2 circuits.
We will be arranging for water to be available half way round the track as well as a rest point.

Please arrive at the track for 8.30 am for registration.

There are 2 ways to obtain sponsorship:

sponsored walk form

sponsored walk form

1 Use the form on the right to get local sponsors or

2 Send the link below to friends and family worldwide. The link is to a Just Giving page we have set up for the walk. The proceeds will be sent directly by the site to the RBL


So that we can make sure we have enough water etc, would you please let me know if you intend to take part. We also need some volunteers to be marshalls etc.

Please let me know if you have any questions. ( I will send out a reminder along with a map to the track nearer the date).

Thank you.


Note: About THB60,000 made on the day

Just before the close of the RBS meeting on 7 June, in celebration of the 70th D-Day Anniversary, Major Roy Hudson obtained permission to speak for a few minutes in place of Major Bob Duncan who had taken part in the D-Day landing in Normandy but was unfortunately not able to attend the anniversary celebration.

Burma Campaign – Major Roy Hudson

Roy Hudson started by saying that he had served in the Burma campaigns against the Japanese aggressors from start to finish. Sometimes the fighting was pretty fierce, mentioning the Disaster of the Sittang Bridge, in which his engineer unit took a prominent part, and also the battle that took place in the oilfields of Yenanggyang, on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

But sometimes things were quieter, for example when his unit reached Toungoo, a large town on the main railway line between Rangoon and Mandalay. Mr Borough, of Burma Railways, was required to provide a daily railway service to contact an army brigade that was still in place at Nyaunglebyn, 60 miles south of Toungoo. But he was unable to do so as his usual drivers refused to drive any engine south pf Toungoo. A call was made for any soldier who could drive a railway engine. It so happened that I, whilst at school, travelled every week during the summer months to the rifle ranges at Bisley for training as a marksman. When not on the ranges, I became interested in a small railway locomotive, only 10 ft long, that ran a shuttle service to and from Brookwood and the small station at Bisley Camp. I was lucky enough to be allowed to accompany the drivers on their trips and thus learnt how to drive it.

Back in Burma, I collected four of my men, armed with rifle and bayonet, and told Mr Borough at Toungoo station that I would try to drive an engine if I had the extra help of a stoker, who Mr B. found for me. When everything was ready, with a shove of the huge regulator we started on our journey. We had only gone about three miles when the stoker stopped the engine at a small station. He told me that the signal was against us and that we could not proceed without permission of the station master. I pointed out the station was deserted and that we just had to go ahead. So with another shove of the regulator by me, we started chugging along at a steady rate.

We passed station after station and saw groups of Indian refugees and their baggage waiting on the platforms for a train to take them up country. Once I was horrified when, as we were approaching one station, the engine suddenly jerked on to the railway lines running BEHIND the main platform. There were a good number of refugees resting on these lines. I tugged on the engine whistle for all I was worth and to my great relief saw refugees all smartly jumping aside in a great hurry. The day was saved, for them and for me. We didn’t even stop. We were soon back on the main line, taking more care of where we were going.

On reaching Nyanglebin I contacted the local commander, All was OK, so I started to get my engine on the “up” line back to Toungoo. I failed to pull the correct lever in the Railway Box, so with a huge hedge hammer I broke the lock of the hand lever on the track and was soon on the right track for home.

I had been told that the intention of the highest commanders was to hold the north of Burma against the Japanese. I was ordered to hitch my engine on to any rakes of wagons that I found parked on the side tracks. So, with my men, we sometimes hitched up to as many as to 40 wagons every day (each nominally able to carry a load of 10 tons) and slowly made our way back to Toungoo in the late afternoon.

Standing on the footplate of a railway engine for many hours each day is a tiring business. Not only that, but one gets covered with oil and grease and sometimes one’s hands and arms are scorched by the heat and flames of the fire from the engine’s boiler. On getting back to Toungoo, my routine was to hurry back to our unit lines, have a bath, have a bite of chicken to eat, and then get to sleep on a camp bed.

One morning at breakfast, Captain Corfield told me that he had been to collect the day’s rations from the ration stand. The good news was that they were selling whisky there, so he had bought half-a-dozen bottles of Red Label for the mess. I then drove to the station to see what was in some of the wagons that I had hauled up the previous day. But I was spotted by Mr B., who said, “You have been extremely helpful to Burma Railways over the past few days. Would you care to have some bottles of Red Label for your efforts?” So six bottles appeared and were put in the back of my 15-cwt truck. I then walked over to Platform 8, where I found that a Burma Army Service Corps Sergeant was off-loading cases of Red Label from one of the wagons on to his truck. I quickly explained that I had rescued the whisky the previous day and that the next two cases of Red Label he was claiming should land in MY truck, not his, and nothing more would be said about the matter. Senior officers who had occasion to visit my unit during the following few weeks were impressed with the hospitality that we were able to provide.

I have already remarked on the uncomfortable conditions that were the lot of engine drivers. I was eager to improve life. I spotted a small wagon on its own that reminded me of wagons used by important passengers. I found out that it was in the care of an Anglo-Burmese Inspector of Railway Bridges in Southern Burma. He was reading a paper in the waiting room. I introduced myself, and wondered if I could borrow the wagon temporarily as he did not seem to be using it. “Certainly,” he replied. “Come along and I will show you over”.

We climbed up and entered via a mosquito proof door. I then noticed with pleasure the interior had some electric fans, and in one corner there was a refrigerator, run on kerosene. Also fitted was a long folding table and a long bunk. Next was a small kitchen and a bathroom. And finally I was introduced to a young lady, who turned out to be the hostess that went with the wagon.

What more could I want? No longer did i have to ride on the footplate of the engine. I was now able to hand over the engine to my four soldiers and order them to “Carry on, my good sappers”, whilst I would make use of the luxurious facilities of the Inspector’s Wagon and enjoy the company of “May”, for that is the name I gave her. She would cook a number of dainty Burmese dishes and pour me out a splendid whisky pani with unlimited amount of ice to boot.

All went well, but all was soon changed when I was ordered to stop playing trains and to to contact our Chinese allies and see what they had been up to in preparing a large bridgein Toungoo for demolition.

Roy Hudson
10 June 2014

Squatters take over British Legion building, barring D-day veterans from event – Telegraph.co.uk

Royal British Legion


Squatters take over British Legion building, barring D-day veterans from event
D-day veterans were barred from a fundraising event after squatters took over a Royal British Legion building for a week and refused to leave. The squatters refused to let in members of the legion and brought in mattresses, computers, games consoles

Squatters take over British Legion building, barring D-day veterans from event – Telegraph.co.uk

The Royal British Legion Chiang Mai (Sub) Thailand
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