Remembrance Events

Victory in Europe Day 8th May 2020

As all official parades to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day had been cancelled because of the covid19 pandemic and social distancing, the people of the UK marked the occasion by gathering in their own gardens.

RSA Lincoln Branch members were no exception and below is a collage of the members on this historic day.

The main focus is on branch member, Pat Constance, a D-Day Veteran. It is because of him and those like him, that we are able to celebrate this day.

VE75 collage of RSA Lincoln members

Our Standard Bearer, Ben Revell, had a one man parade in the crescent where lives. All his neighbours (except those at work) came out on to thier drives to remember those who never came home. (best viewed in HD if possible)

Branston War Memorial
Sunday 10th November. Our Chairman attended the Service of Remembrance at Branston where member, Granville Yeomans, laid a wreath on behalf of the branch.
Granville Yeomans Granville is briefed on his duty
Standard Bearers "O" Group Derek meets ex Corps member Andrew Marchant (re-badged to Int Corps)

Annual Corps Memorial Service 2019
On the 7th September 2019 veterans and serving soldiers gathered round the Corps Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum to remember those members of the Corps who gave thier lives in the service of our country.
     
Standard Bearers "O" Group  
   
   
   
   
Refreshments after the service

75th Anniversary of D-Day 6thJune 2019
A service of remembrance for the fallen & maimed of those who took part in the D-Day Landings on 6th June 1944 and the Normandy Campaign 75 years ago. We owe these men & women a huge debt of gratitude.
Amongst them was branch member Pat Constance, who served with HQ 1 Corps Signals; he landed on Juno Beach on the 8th June.
Veterans start to gather   Dennis & Jenny Weir  
  John Hudson, Ian Durrant, David Hambidge & Pat Constance, get the low down from Jeremy Field MBE, Chairman of Lincoln RBL
John Hudson & David Hambidge assisting Pat Constance
Dave Cawdron of the PRA, Lincoln Branch Lincoln War Memorial Submariners Assoc. & the Navy Cadets Stadard Bearers Standards form up
Our Standard Bearer (Ben Revell) & Dave Cawdron of the PRA, Lincoln Branch The Senior Services Submariners Assoc. & the Navy Cadets Stadard Bearers Pat Constance lays his wreath
Navy Cadets & the Royal Observer Corps Standards march off
Pat with the Mayoress & Consort

2018 Remembrance Service at Lincoln War Memorial   11thNovember 2018
Lincoln War Memorial was unveiled on the 25th October 1922 by Field Marshall Sir William Robertson BART GCB GCMG KCVO DSO. The WW1 names are on the 4 ends of the buttresses and the 4 faces of the central pillar. Names from WW2 are on small square panels on either side of the 4 ‘buttresses’. There is no direct indication which panels are from which war and not all the names are in perfect alphabetical order. There are 971 names for World War 1 and 270 (including 4 civilians) for World War 2.
     
 


Service of Remembrance at Lincoln (Newport) Cemetery   11thNovember 2018
During the First World War, the 4th Northern General Hospital was at the Grammar School in Lincoln. the hospital had 1,400 beds and during the course of the war, admissions numbered 45,000.
Lincoln (Newport) Cemetery, which was near the hospital, contains 139 First World War burials, almost 90 of them forming a war graves plot.  During the Second World War, this plot was extended and most of the 120 burials from this period were made there. The rest of the graves from both wars are scattered throughout the cemetery.

After the main Remembrance Service at the city's War Memorial, a short service of remembrance is held here.
Three Corps members are laid to rest here.
A list of all those buried here can be viewed at CWGC Newport Cemetery

    Our President, Mjr retd) Derek Wood, lays a wreath on behalf of the branch  
  2362786 Sigmn ERNEST GEORGE HUTTENMEISTER, Died 31/05/1941 Aged 22<br>1st Div. Sigs. Royal Corps of Signals
2324107 CQMS HOWARD BERNARD GULLIFORD, Died 09/05/1941 Aged 33<br>1st Div. Sigs. Royal Corps of Signals
2328222 Sigmn M H Channing Died 17<sup>th</sup> May 1944

Trafalgar Night - 21st October 2015
The branch was, again this year, invited by Royal Naval Association to their annual celebration of the Battle of Trafalgar.
The Standards ready to march in.      
  Sylvia Revell, David Hambidge & Ian Durrant Donna & John Haytree Ben Revell won the Pussers Rum
Ingola Hambidge & Donna Haytree

Rededication of the Branch Standard - 18thOctober 2015
Every year the branch standard is taken to St Nicholas Church, Newport, to be rededicated. The Lincoln Branch of the Parachute Regt also use St Nicks, so for the last two years we have rededicated both standards on the same evening.
The congregation starts to arrive      
A little light refreshment after the service Brenda Durrant & Ingola Hambidge Ben Revell, Derek Wood & David Hambidge

VE Day Anniversary Service - 8thMay 2015
Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe, WW2.
The Standards Start to form up   Standards prepare to march on parade On Parade
  The Parade Marshal
The Last Post Ian Durrant (right)

Service of Remembrance - 9th November 2014
The annual Service of Remembrance held in Lincoln Cathedral.
The Standards waiting to march down the aisles The Standards waiting to march to march down the aisles The Standards waiting to march to march down the aisles Standard of the Army Cadet Force
Standard od the Air Cadet Force RAF Colour Party    
The Standards march off Standards Line up for the departing VIP's Standards line up for the departing VIP's Band of the Army Cadet Force
       
Ben & Sylvia Revell Micky Phelps (on the left) & Friend Ingola & David Hambidge

 

Remembrance Service - 8th November 2014
The annual Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial in Lincoln City.
The Standards waiting to march on The Standards waiting to march on The Standards waiting to march on Standards march on
The Standards march on      
The Standards march off      

 

East Kirkby, Lincolnshire - October 2014
The Royal British Legion (Lincolnshire), lanches it's Poppy Appeal at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Museum at East Kirkby.
Avro Lancaster NR611 Just Jane   The Standards parade through the audience The Standards parade through the audience
The Standards parade through the audience   Dakota DC3 Avro Lancaster NR611 Just Jane
Avro Lancaster NR611 Just Jane Dakota DC3 Avro Lancaster NR611 Just Jane Avro Lancaster NR611 Just Jane
Avro Lancaster NR611 Just Jane NAAFI break

 

East Kirkby, Lincolnshire 2012
The Royal British Legion (Lincolnshire), lanches it's Poppy Appeal at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Museum at East Kirkby.
The Standards paraded through the congregation The Standards paraded through the congregation The Standards line up either side of the Lancaster Lancaster NX611 'Just Jane' releases poppies
Lancaster NX611 'Just Jane'

 

Waterside, Lincoln 2011
Standards l-r RBL, Royal Artillery, Our Standard and Lincolnshire Regt l-r RBL, RA & RSA Lincoln

 

Aims of the Association

The Royal Signals Association (RSA) was formed in 1920 at the birth of the Corps from the Royal Engineers.

The objects of The Association are:

To provide comfort and relief either generally or individually to past and present signallers and their dependants who are in conditions of need hardship or distress.

To foster comradeship and morale within the corps family, both serving and retired.

Contact the RSA

The Address for all Royal Signals Association matters is:
Royal Signals Association,
RHQ Royal Signals,
Blandford Camp,
DORSET.
DT11 8RH
Tel: 01258-482090