Rye British Legion

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On 2 September the President of Rye Royal British Legion, Colonel Anthony Kimber, organised a centenary Remembrance visit to the Ypres Salient to consider the opening battles of WW1. Some 50 from across Rye took part.

After a full day visiting key places in the Salient at which battles took place, and including Canon Hugh Mosley leading a service at Saint George’s Memorial Church in Ypres, the culmination was Rye delegation’s central role at the 8pm Menin Gate Last Post ceremony. Rye Mayor Cllr Berni Fiddimore, RBL President, Colonel Anthony Kimber, Chair Neale East and Standard Bearer Paul Whiteman led the 5000 or so participants at the moving wreath laying ceremony.

Wreaths were laid on behalf of Rye, the RBL, Sir Reginald Blomfield (of Rye and architect of the Menin Gate) and Private Frederick Heasman from Eagle Road, Rye, who fell during the early fighting near Zonnebeke.  A number of members of the group also paid their own respects to members of their families; Liz Bamji marked the grave of her great-great uncle Arthur Millard, Tank Corps, at Birr Cross Roads cemetery on the Menin Road near Ypres; and Louise Whiteman laid a wreath for Paul Whiteman’s Great Uncle Charles Herbert Scott who died on the 10th August 1917 during the battle for Westhoek Ridge. Having the opportunity to pay respects to family members made this a special and memorable occasion for everybody.

Berni Fiddimore, Rye Mayor, remarked in how very proud she was to be with these men on the day, and so far the highlight of her mayoral time!

Rye RBL are working on a Roll of Honour project to be published on their website in November to commemorate Rye’s fallen in WW1, the work will not just include names, but where they lived, worked, served, and some family history..

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Rye British Legion

Rye & District Branch of the Royal British Legion was formed in the 1920’s and now holds its meetings in the George Hotel in Rye in on 08 September and 10 November (AGM); we also support former members of the former Rye & Northiam Royal Air Force Association along with ladies from the sadly closed Rye & District Women’s Section, with their programe of social events and talks on the first Monday of the month, please contact us for details as the progam is constantly changing!.

Please note that all of these social meetings will be held in The Rye Club, Market Road at 7.30pm.

The Branch is in the advances stages of planning a trip to France on 02 September, further details to follow once confirmed..

The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to all those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, as well as their dependents. Anyone who has served in the forces for seven days or more is eligible for our help.

The Royal British Legion’s major change programme is almost complete with a launch of a range of fantastic new facilities that will make it easier than ever before for beneficiaries, members, supporters and the general public to contact us and to access the wealth of advice and information that we are able to provide.  These improvements, designed to reach out to Service personnel, veterans and their families and provide them with the advice and support they need at any stage of their lives, include:

  • The new national Freephone number – 0808 8028080 – which is now available for use.  This will allow people to call our Contact Centre at any time between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.  Calls from landlines and from most mobile networks will be entirely free of charge.

The Royal British Legion is the nation’s custodian of Remembrance, ensuring that people remember those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. The Rye British Legion fully support Rye’s civic acts of Remembrance, usually led by the Mayor and Town Council.

Rye British Legion arrange a number of activities for Members including battlefield tours to France, a recent visit to the House of Parliament and Imperial War Museum.

Rye British Legion also maintains a close liaison with other Service organisations in the District, including the Women’s Section, Royal Air Force Association and Rye Sea Cadets as well as acting as a focus for local veterans issues.

To join the Rye British Legion please follow the link to the application form : RBL Membership Form

Updated:  06.09.14