National Honour for Rye

Royal Albert Hall Presentation

With a membership of 400, Rye British Legion has just received a national honour, with the award of the ‘Jellico Shield’ . This is awarded to the Branch (who hold it for a given period) who show an increased membership maintained over a period of five years.

The Rye Branch, formed after the 1914-1918 War has been a flourishing body ever since meetings were first held at The Queen Adelaide in Ferry Road when the licensee the late Mr. E. Craig, a keen army man and other ex-servicemen in Rye formed the Branch. Some of the original members still attend branch events.

Many well known ‘Ryers’ have been connected with the Rye British Legion over the years, to name only a few: –

Brigadier General Wace

Brigadier H. Gardham

Captain H. Wethey

Major W.B. Hacking

Mr. Geoff Hodson J.P.

Mr. Ron Sharpe. one of its keenest supporters

Mr. F.C. Smith

Mr. A. Woolger

Mr. H. Hook

Many of these have now passed on.

Alec Henshaw with the Jellico Shield
Alec Henshaw with the Jellico Shield

The Shield was presented to the Rye Legion Chairman. Mr. A.V. Henshaw at a ceremony recently at The Royal Albert Hall, London, by the Lord Mayor of Westminster.

Present at this ceremony was General Sir Charles Jones, National President of the British Legion, who himself, lives at Point Hill, Rye and is a member of the Rye Branch.

Accompanying Mr. Henshaw were Mr. A. Gladman, Hon. Secretary, Mr. B. Palmer, Treasurer and Mr. G. Mc.Dougall of Rye.

The Shield has been much admired by all members at Rye.

“Rye’s Own” July 1971

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