On Thursday 27th September some 40 members and guests travelled by coach to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Highlights from the RBL Chipping Norton trip to the National Memorial Arboretum On the Army Commando Memorial we found the name of Cyril Barrett from the town who died in the Dieppe raid on 19th August 1942 aged 22.

 

One of the most poignant memorials was a piece of railway track from the infamous Burma Railway. At least two men from Chipping Norton were POWs of the Japanese and endured the hardship and cruelty working on the railway: Arthur Edgington of 35th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment and Leslie Gilbert of 135th Field Regiment, both Royal Artillery. Leslie Gilbert died on the Japanese ship Hofuku Maru on 21st September 1944 whilst being transported to Formosa, as did Bombardier Bernard Austen of the 95th Anti-Tank Regiment from Tadmarton.

The memorial for RAFA

Some of the many memorials we visited, a great day out was had by alland a return trip planned for next summer. Our thanks to The Armed Forces Trust of Chipping Norton for subsidising the coach.