Hector Duff’s recent school visit

Hector Duff MM, BEM , Leg;d’hon , continues to visit the schools on the Isle of Man to interact with the pupils about his WW2 experiences.

The photographs were taken at a recent Open Evening for year 6 & 7 Pupils at Ramsey Grammar school. Hector now in his 99th year and despite a “hiccough” with his health just before Christmas, and being advised to slow down a little by his family is apparently still on great form.

Last year Hector received an honour from the National Association of Retired Police Officers he was then described “as probably the most remarkable Manxman alive today”.

Ed Slater MBE

It is with great sadness that the Trust learned of the death of Ed Slater MBE, Leg.d’hon, former National Chairman of the Normandy Veterans Association. In recent months his health had deteriorated and he died peacefully in a Colchester nursing home this morning (23 January 2018) aged 94.




Following our previous Autumn get-togethers, plans are taking shape for a Reunion for
Normandy Veterans again this Autumn. This year we are planning the event in Portsmouth
to be held over the weekend Friday 29th September through to Sunday 1st October.

It will commence with a get-together with a light buffet supper in the Engine Room Bar,
Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth – 1900hrs on the Friday evening 29th September.

On Saturday 30th September from 1000hrs until 1600hrs an event will be held on Castle
Field in Portsmouth, which will include displays, Fiona Harrison singing on stage,
afternoon tea and a parade of veterans’ standards. Transport to and from hotels will be
available all day. In the evening, from 1930hrs there will be a dinner for veterans and
guests at the Royal Maritime Club.
On Sunday 1st October the weekend will draw to a close with a commemorative service at
Southsea Cenotaph conducted by
Reverend Mandy Reynolds.

Hotel accommodation for those wishing to stay for the weekend is available at a
subsidised rate – costs per night- £55 for a double room and £40 for a single,.

Complimentary tickets will be allocated for the Friday supper, Saturday events and Gala
dinner for veterans, wives & widows. For others the cost is £10 each for the Friday evening
supper & afternoon tea and
£30 each for the Gala dinner. Please note all these costs are
subsidised and will be funded by donations, sponsorship and fundraising.

**There are limited spaces for the Saturday night dinner, therefore tickets will be issued on
a “first come first served” basis.

Catch up with old friends and comrades. Come and join us! We would love to see
you all again.

For full details and any enquiries:, email:

Tel; 01428 605672

Summary of Itinerary Friday 29th September -Sunday 1st October

Friday Evening: 1900-2300 – Get together in the ‘engine room bar’ at the RMC for
those who wish to join us

Saturday 1000 -1600 – Reunion on Castle Field (Including parade of veterans and
Standards at 1515). Tea will be served in a marquee.
Afternoon Tea
Various displays
Fiona Harrison “A voice in a million” vintage entertainer
Young Historian Prize giving.
Plus lots more


1930 – Veterans Dinner Royal Maritime Club – note limited spaces**
Sunday 1030 – 1130 – Service of commemoration Southsea Cenotaph

All enquiries: