12 November 2018

RBLI's Wall of Honour project unveiled at WW1 Centenary service

A remembrance project by military charity Royal British Legion Industries which sees people honour their loved ones while also supporting modern-day veterans will continue after its unveiling at this weekend’s Remembrance Day service.

The Wall of Honour was unveiled before an audience of more than 500, including Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford and RBLI supporters.

More than 120 families, individuals and organisations have donated to the project as a way of remembering their loved ones and those who lost their lives in World War One and military conflicts since.

Wall of Honour beneficiary Wendy Brimicombe said: “This left us – his family – with no place of remembering his short but important life. However, RBLI’s Wall of Honour has righted this wrong, and given us a place to remember his immense sacrifice. 

“It’s been 100 years since the end of the First World War today and it is clear there are still people alive, associated with those who played their part within the war, who are deeply affected by it.

“I’m sure we can all agree that it’s vital that we keep these sorts of stories alive through commemorative projects such as this, so that generations to come can remember the sacrifices made by so many for those alive today.

“On behalf of the family of Private Albert Bursford, we thank RBLI for giving us the opportunity to keep his story alive.”

RBLI’s Wall of Honour gives the public the opportunity to have a name engraved on to a plaque which is then placed in the charity’s peaceful Aylesford village garden for £100.

All the proceeds will go to helping veterans and people with disabilities access RBLI’s range of care, housing and support, as well as training and employment services.

People interested in creating a lasting memorial to former service personnel can join the Wall of Honour by visiting www.rbli.co.uk/wallofhonour or contacting fundraising@rbli.co.uk, or calling 01622 795966.