Dedication of Arboretum Plaque


A service of dedication to a memorial stone financed by members of the Royal Air Force Linguists’ Association was held at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas on 17th May 2017.

Despite the appalling weather, there was a good turnout of members, as well as RAF contingents from RAF Digby and Chicksands. The RAFLING Committee were also pleased to meet four members of RAF Chinese Course Number 4 who were at the dedication ceremony. Air Cdre (Retd) Alistair Byford was the presenting officer who gave an excellent speech, as did the dedicating officer, Rev Clive Larrett, who is Chicksands’ resident padre. RAFLING President Mike Hancock and the Chairman, George Bason also gave short speeches explaining both the role of service linguists and also the background to the formation of the Royal Air Force Linguists’ Association.

Everyone who attended was thoroughly impressed by the whole occasion and our thanks go to them for travelling, in most cases, long distances to be there. Thanks are also due to the RAFLING Committee all of whom put in a great deal of time and effort to make the occasion the success it was, especially Mike Hancock and George Bason.

We would also like to thank those members who donated money to finance the cost and installation of the memorial stone with the RAFLING Association badge on it. (I have been reliably informed that it is not a crest, but a badge). In particular, we would like to pay tribute to the late Bryon Kingston, one of the founders of the Association, who left a donation of £1000 in his Will. This memorial will serve as a lasting memorial to him also.