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!



Despite the chaotic traffic problems around the National Memorial Arboretum on the 11th. of November, that prevented many hundreds of people getting there in time to take part in the Service of Remembrance and the 2 minutes silence, the BTPF wreath laying ceremony and silence was observed by our previous Chairman and Vice President, Les McDowell at 11 o’clock precisely.

National Vice Chairman, Reg Sargeant managed to arrive at the Arboretum at 10.57 and stood to observe the 2 minutes silence with people watching the main service, before joining Les at the Railway Industry Memorial to await the arrival of others, including our Chairman, John Harrison, who had been delayed by the traffic problems.

When everyone who was able to get there, were assembled at our Memorial, our Chairman led a short service of Remembrance at which poems were read and the Lords prayer was recited.