The Railway Industry Memorial

The Railway Industry Memorial

The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas (near Lichfield) in East Staffordshire is our national site of remembrance.  It was inspired by a visit to the Arlington Cemetery in the USA. 

Around 50,000 young trees have been planted to mark the 20th Century and the people who lived, worked and died during that period.  The trees represent the armed services, the Merchant Navy, many civilian organisations and even ordinary families.
Following an ambitious project led by the BTPF, a memorial to the Rail Industry was finally unveiled.

The unveiling – an audible gasp of admiration from the audience!



As has become tradition, we held our service at the Memorial on Monday 11th November 2019 at precisely 11.00.  National Chairman John Harrison and Vice President Les McDowell, laid a wreath in front of our Memorial and the gathering then observed the two minutes silence.  John then read a formal welcome and thanked the small group for attending.
He then read the poem, What is a Railway by Mallon Poye.  Les then led the group into the Lord’s Prayer, following which a few informal contributions were made. The following photos of the event were kindly taken by Les and National Vice Chairman Reg Sargeant