Update 25th May

Please note the correct date for the sad passing of Aussie was 1st May 2019 (NOT 30th April) I have apologised personally to Sarah for this error based on misinformation originally sent to me.

UPDATE 19th May

I have been advised that the funeral of Austin (Aussie) Walker MBE Branch President is to be held at Margate Crematorium, Wednesday 5th June @ 13.45.

The Wake will be held at the Royal British Legion Ramsgate Club

Family flowers only. Donations to the Royal British Legion can to be sent to his Granddaughter, Sarah Cole , C/O Gore Brothers Funeral Directors, 56-60 Thanet Road, Margate, Kent .CT9 1UB


It is with great sadness and regret that we announce the sad passing of our President Mr Austin Walker MBE on 1st May 2019.

I now have an address to send condolences please email me for details.



2018 / 2019

At our Branch AGM 5th November 2018 the following members have been elected/re-elected as the Branch Committee for 2018 /2019

Chairman Edward Barkway gave sincere thanks to past members Mary Eldridge, Anny Elms, Gwen Boucher and Liz Larner for their sterling work over many years.

He then went on to thank the re-elected members and the new “recruits” Sue Andrews, Jenny Gibbons and Rev John Lines MBE for agreeing to serve the branch and it’s members on the committee.

PLEASE see updated information below, Thank You!

Royal British Legion Downs Branch Deal Committee as of 5th November 2018

President Mr Austin Walker Sadly passed away 30th April 2019

Chairman Mr Edward R Barkway                  01304 363947

Vice Chairman Mr John Elms                       01304 379995

Secretary Mr Malcolm Gibbons                        01304 366231

Treasurer Mr Julian de Zille                               +447702167128

Remembrance Sec  Mr Malcolm Gibbons         01304 366231

Committee Member Mrs Lydia O’Connor    01304 366682

Committee Member Mrs Jennie Gibbons        01304 366231

Committee Member  Mrs Sue Andrews                  01304 371799

Branch Chaplain Rev. Rev John Lines MBE                     01304 368556

Branch Parade Marshal  Mr Julian de Zille             +447702167128

Youth Liaison Officer Mr Stuart Gemmell     07751 713511



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PLEASE Order your wreath/s from Kelly in plenty of time, Thank You!



I am delighted to announce that we now have a new Poppy Area Organiser (PAO) Mrs Kelly Gemmell, in the meantime I know that Mary Eldridge who has done a sterling job will help Kelly settle into the routine.                                         The poster will also on the notice boards in the RBL Club





Due to personal reasons our Poppy Area Organiser Monika has resigned, we are now looking for a team of helpers to see us through the Poppy Weeks of 29th October to 12th November. Thank You!                                                      *****************************

I am delighted to able to announce that Malcolm Gibbons has been formerly elected as “Remembrance Secretary” to our committee at our Branch AGM Monday 7th November, all other officers remain the same. See amended poster below, a copy will be put on our notice board at the first opportunity. Attendance was 48 members.





Rev Peggy Fishlock

Our branch Padre for many years stood down at this years 2015 AGM. Committee members Gwen & Lydia presented her with a silver framed photograph of “Peggy at work” on behalf of us all.


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 Peggy’s service to us all was beyond measure and we were all very sad that that she felt the need for a break from her duties, however rest assured she will always be warmly welcomed to our Branch meetings.