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 £90 (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”.
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There were those who did not know the parade today was called off so we the magnificent 7 paid our respects at both memorials even if only 5 managed to make the RMP memorial. Alan Morga
I arrived at the Arboretum and already present where two other people one RAFP
and one RMP whom had travelled from Matlock. We sat there and thought there was
something wrong. Then Taff Bryant from Bristol arrived and informed us that the
Parade was cancelled. We travelled the day before as we had booked accommodation
so if anyone else had booked they where out of pocket. We spoke to the Arboretum
staff who informed us they knew nothing of the cancellation. More members
arrived and we decided to check out the Memorial. Ground firm as a ride on mower
had been used to cut the grass in front of the memorial and top of bank where
standard bearers parade. The seven of us held a short service and wreath was
laid. Five of the party then proceeded to the RMP Memorial where we held another
short service and crosses where placed. Well done to those that took the time to
remember our SNOWDROPS AND RMP COLLEAGUES. Perhaps we should have a wet weather
programme by using the church. The benches at the Snowdrop memorial are in need
of a coat of varnish if any body within reasonable travelling distance. Thank
you. John Evans
After Storm Dennis
Our dad was a proud Snowdrop. His name was John Limb. Gone but never forgotten. Yesterday we remembered him at the National Memorial Arboretum. What a lovely place and a fitting tribute to past members of the Armed Forces. Andy Limb
Snowdrop Parade 2019
Dedication Parade 2018
A number of RAF Police motorbike enthusiasts, past and present, paying their respects at the NMA for “Ride To The Wall” (www.RTTW.org)
23 June 2017 Annual Parade and service blessing of the Memorial and the engraved granite stones - John Walton
4/8/1723 June 2017 Annual Parade and service blessing of the Memorial and the engraved granite stones
photos: Mike Lester
ADU(NI) lay a wreath at the RAFP memorial
Snowdrop Parade 8 March 2017
March past video
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.
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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