Signals visit new memorial

PUBLISHED: 02:01 02 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:06 10 June 2010

SEVENTEEN veterans from the Exmouth Branch of The Royal Signals Association attended the unveiling of a new memorial by the Princess Royal - in honour of their fallen comrades. Old soldiers and wives of ex-servicemen - including Exmouth's Ruby Stubbs, wi

SEVENTEEN veterans from the Exmouth Branch of The Royal Signals Association attended the unveiling of a new memorial by the Princess Royal - in honour of their fallen comrades. Old soldiers and wives of ex-servicemen - including Exmouth's Ruby Stubbs, widow of the late Major Frank Stubbs MBE - travelled up to the National Arboretum, in Staffordshire.At the same time they got the chance to visit the recently dedicated Armed Forces National Memorial, to the memory of all those who have lost their lives in service to the crown and country since the end of the Second World War.Exton's George Walker, 78, a former signalman, has been part of the association for six years and made the pilgrimage.He said the visit provided veterans and relatives of men and women who lost their lives in conflicts like Cyprus, Suez, Malaya, Korea, Northern Ireland, The Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan the opportunity to pay their respects:"It is anticipated that many thousands will make the pilgrimage to this long overdue memorial which will take on a similar significance to the Cenotaph at Whitehall."The visit coincided with the dedication of the Royal Signals' own memorial by HRH Princess Anne - in the form of the signals cap badge, called a Jimmy, depicting the figure of Mercury:"Every former serviceman takes pride in the accomplishments of the regiment in which they served and this is no different," he said."I think it is only fair that the Signals should have their own memorial, and it is an honour that the memorial was unveiled by the Princess Royal.

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