National Memorial Arboretum

Welcome to the Sidbury & Sidford Branch of The Royal British Legion

New Memorial dedicated to those who have lost their lives since 1945


The Royal British Legion local Branches enjoyed a very emotional 3 days last week-end.

 Our first stop was Warwick, where some of the group visited The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire).  There was a record of local interest which showed that the 14th Battalion of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment was stationed in Sidbury during the winter of 1940/41.  During this time they were employed in manning the local Coastal Defences.

The next day was spent at The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, where some of the group were fortunate to find Memorials to friends and relatives. Amongst the 16,00O names recorded on the walls of the new Armed Forces Memorial was Martin Lee Bailey (from Sidbury) who was killed by friendly fire in Canada in 1994.  We all agreed the Arboretum was a spiritually uplifting place.

Some of us planted crocus bulbs in a new Memorial being built, a yearly reminder of hope and renewal.

On our return a further enjoyable and interesting side visit was made to the R.A.F. Cosford Air Museum.

The 3 days were blessed with glorious weather.

Cosford Air Museum  - Catalina displayed



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