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. 


Remembrance Sunday

On Sunday 11th November 2018, the BTPF will be holding a short Remembrance Day service at our Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum from approx 10.45 and I and the Officers would like you invite you to attend.We usually meet in the Cafe beforehand at about 10.30.
The service always concludes with attendees watching the March Past and will be over by 12.00 latest.


BTPF Memorial Anniversary service

22nd May 2018

On the 22nd May the BTPF held an anniversary service of the dedication of the Rail Industry Memorial within the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.

Just as we had a warm dry and sunny day when the Memorial was dedicated we enjoyed the same weather this year but we did have more seats to relax on. The service was attended by nearly 30 people including Liam Johnston the Executive Director of the Railway Mission who kindly took the photographs.

The moving service was led by Ralph Coleman, a Railway Chaplain, once again and our Chairman, John Harrison read a poem that was first used at the original dedication. Les McDowell, Vice President spoke” To the Fallen” followed by a minutes silence. John Harrison and Les McDowell then placed a wreath of white flowers at the Memorial in memory of all our Railway colleagues over the years.

During the service several members of the public stopped and listened and the National Arboretum Memorial’s road train also stopped until the service was finished.

All photographs courtesy of the Railway Mission.

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To date, 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.  On Tuesday 22nd May 2012, following an ambitious project led by the BTPF, a memorial to the Rail Industry was finally unveiled.