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Royal Air Force 100th anniversary marked at St Clement Danes Church

Grandson of RAF founder Marshal Hugh Trenchard one of the speakers at

01 June, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Armed forces champion Rachael Robathan

A COMMEMORATION of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force filled St Clement Danes Church in the Strand.

The event, which was open to Westminster residents aged 65, heard speeches from Air Commodore Viscount Hugh Trenchard, the grandson of Marshal Hugh Trenchard who was instrumental in founding the RAF.

Westminster Archives told the story of Paddington-born Air Commodore Ferdinand Maurice Felix West who received the Victoria Cross, aged 22, in recognition of outstanding bravery during the First World War.

Westminster Music Library led a First World War sing-along and people signed up for guided walks around Westminster.

Cllr Rachael Robathan, armed forces champion for Westminster Council, said: “Bringing together the local community with armed forces personnel and recognising the sacrifice of those who served is part of our commitment through the Armed Forces Covenant.”

The event is organised by the council as part of its Westminster Remembers schedule and funded by the Covenant Grants Fund.


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