A lady living in Walmer would like someone to sit with her bed ridden Ex Royal Marine husband for approx 2hrs on a Wednesday while she goes shopping, if you or someone you know can help then please contact Edward Barkway OR 07885110384 for further info.

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I have just received this information forwarded by Stephen Shaw Merchant Navy

101 Year Old Ex Middlesbrough British Expeditionary Force (BEF) Veteran Seeks Support For His Petition to Parliament: Honour the BEF’s role in France in 1939/1940                               Please click the link to sign the petition!

No medal was ever struck to honour the BEF’s considerable service in France in 1939/40 – all they were permitted was to add their service in France to other War service towards the eventual award of the over-arching 1939-45 War Star.  Those who served in France between 6th June 1944 and 8th May 1945 are also entitled to the award of our France and Germany Star, as well as being given the Legion d’Honneur by the French.  I wrote to President Macron, in my best French! suggesting that since we rescued at Dunkirk the nucleus (140,000+) of what was to form the later Free French Army, which de Gaulle led triumphantly into Paris in 1944, he ought to extend the award of the Legion d’Honneur to the few remaining members of the BEF – that letter was over 18 months ago and I am still sitting on a ‘holding reply’ from one of his officials!  Maybe we’ll need a second petition if the MoD cannot be persuaded to supply a new clasp to the 1939-45 War Star for the BEF and we may then need to put forward the case  simply to extend eligibility for the already available France and Germany Star to all those who served in France at any stage of WW2.I do hope that you will feel that this is a cause to which you can lend your consideration and I hope, also, your support with your signatures via the link below.Kind regards,

Trevor Powell (Lt Col Retd