This year marks 100 years of Remembrance as we know it today as the Royal British Legion marks its centenary. The Royal British Legion is working with Parliament to install a House of Commons Constituency Garden of Remembrance.
Each year, stories and commemorations from Bath are extremely moving. I’m delighted that this year I will be planting a Remembrance tribute in the Constituency Garden of Remembrance and I will be dedicating this to an individual, regiment or community in Bath.
I’m asking you to nominate who you think should be commemorated.
Criteria for nomination:
- A local story or individual who deserves recognition for service to the UK.
- An acknowledgement of innocent civilians who lost their lives in conflict and as a result of terrorism.
- An individual, regiment or group who lost their lives on active service in any conflict as well as those who have served and their families.
- As a tribute to the special contribution of families and of emergency services.
Jack Ansell (Army): Jack joined the Royal Corps of Signals when war broke out in 1939. Jack and his comrades were surprised by enemy forces and taken prisoner by the Germans. Jack then spent the next four years as a prisoner of war working on a series of Austrian farms.
Second Officer Kalyani Sen (Royal Navy): A member of the Women’s Royal Indian Naval Services which trained for wartime ‘shore jobs’ to release male counterparts for frontline service. In 1945, Kalyani was invited to visit the UK to take part in a training study with her counterparts. She became a symbol of a bright future for India after saying in an interview in the UK: “In India, there is still a big prejudice against women working with men. But the women are so keen to get into the Services that they are breaking it down.”
Andrew White (RAF): Andrew joined the RAF in 1985 and was a squadron leader in 2001. As part of the Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing, Andrew’s role was to develop an experimental Digital Tactical Recon Pod to be carried by Tornados. This mapped enemy positions and provided a picture for the planners and troops on the ground. His work helped locate an unknown Iraqi military headquarters camouflaged in the desert which was in the path of advancing troops.
Please fill in the form at the link below and submit your nomination by Monday 1st November. We will then select the most fitting tribute for the Remembrance tribute to be planted on Monday 8th November.
Alternatively, you can send your submission to my office at 31 James Street West, Bath, BA1 2BT.