In 2015 work was completed on the construction of a paved area around the RAF Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire. The area provides spaces for engraved granite stones to be placed by those who wish to honour the memory of deceased members of the RAF Police “family”.
The granite stones, measuring 200mm x 100mm and engraved with the name of the deceased can be purchased for £85 (which includes VAT) per stone. The engraved granite memorial stones will be inserted in the area and dedicated at an Annual ceremony held in June of each year. Each stone is limited to three lines each able to contain a maximum of 16 characters or spaces.
Line 1 – to show the RAFP rank of the deceased.
A larger granite “Queen’s “stone has been placed at the memorial end of the paved area engraved with the words “IN LOVING MEMORY”.
you would like further information the please contact Mr B Whitaker 29,
Parkstone Close, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7UW (Tel. 01158370047)
Dedication Parade - 23 June 2016
Snowdrop Parade - 9 March 2016
I am looking for your help to promote the newly installed carved pavers we have introduced at the RAF Police Memorial site at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA), Alrewas.
Pictures and report from John Walton
Pictures from the Annual RAFP/RAFPA Parade and Dedication of Carved Commemorative Pavers
courtesy Mark Johnson
New RAF Police Memorial Stones Dedicated At National Arboretum
RAF Police and the RAF Police Association members have come together at the National Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, for their Annual Remembrance Parade.
This year saw the dedication of new memorial stones which have been laid at the foot of the current, dual-faced RAF Police and RAF Police Association memorial. These special pavers have been commissioned to honour individuals who have served.
29 engraved stones were formally blessed by the Reverend Jeremy Safford in the presence of their families or representatives. In dedicating the stones, the Revd Safford said: “Almighty God; in this place we lay the plaques that honour those whom we have loved and lost and who served in the Royal Air Force Police.”
Two of the stones represent RAF Policemen who have died in Service, Corporal Brent McCarthy and Corporal David Shepherd. Corporal McCarthy, who died in Afghanistan in May 2012, was represented by his parents, John and Sarah McCarthy who live in Telford.
Mr McCarthy said: “Both of us are still numb, even after three years but we have been really well looked after by the RAF Police and we feel part of them. This memorial stone is nice, not only for us, but for our extended family and friends as they can come at anytime to see it. It shows that Brent is recognised and not forgotten.”
The special pavers were the brainchild of the RAF Police Memorial Committee and a way for friends and families, who pay a modest amount, to have lost loved one recognised alongside their comrades. New stones laid throughout the course of the year will be blessed at future remembrance parades.
The joint annual remembrance parade saw a contingent of RAF Police from No 1 Tactical Police Squadron join with members of the RAF Police Association and families. The parade, which takes place on June 23rd each year, marks the anniversary of the 2007 formal dedication of the RAF Police memorial.
Taking the salute was the RAF Provost Marshal, Group Captain Kevin Bailey, he said: “The annual parade is always a special event and gives serving RAF Police a chance to honour those who have gone before and a way to interact with members of the Association and families.
“The memorial stones are particularly poignant; to see names etched into the stone is a permanent and very personal reminder of the sacrifices made.”
Editor: S Davidson
Photographs: SAC Dines
The RAF Provost Marshal at the RAF Police Memorial.
The RAF Police ready for the parade with RAF Police Association Following.
The Parade Gets Underway.
The RAF Police Memorial.
© MOD Crown Copyright 2015
20/06/15The Bastion memorial including the panel showing Brent McCarthy's name
Don't the bricks and pavers look marvellous? Well done to all concerned
Thank you to Bill White
I took the attached photo of the WAAF Memorial which is near to ours at Alrewas. The WAAF Association donated £100 towards ours in 2007
Brian WhitakerA poppy cross wreath was laid on the RAF Police Memorial at the National Arboretum on Saturday 3rd July 2010 by the Chairman of the Haverfordwest RBL, Ken Humphreys RAFPA and Taff Evans (Dogs) RAFPA. Ken and Taff were both at Laarbruch. They also visited the RAF Cosford museum on July 4th.
The third Anniversary RAFP/RAFPA Memorial Parade at the National Memorial Arboretum
Wreaths at the RAF Regiment Memorial
RAFPA Snowdrop Parade at the NMA
The RAF Police Memorial - September 2009 - dogwoods planted
The Memorial in the Autumn sunshine
RAFA memorial with RAFPA memorial
Second Anniversary Parade at the NMA
From "Boots" via "Spike" R.A.F.Police Memorial Parade 2008
Photographs of the memorial and the snowdrops
2nd Annual Snowdrop Parade
The RAF Police Memorial February 2008
Parade and snowdrop planting at the Memorial 5th March
1st Anniversary Parade at the Memorial
The RAF Police Memorial Dedication
I couldn’t go to the ceremonials when the Memorial was dedicated as I couldn’t walk but managed to make it there in the August when an Exec Meeting was held there. Neil Rusling