MEMORIAL SERVICE OF BRIGADIER ANNE FIELD CB CBE – 17th October 2012
It was a very successful event with Anne remembered and the Corps profile raised along with that of the ABF. The turn out encouraged by the Association was extremely pleasing with WRAC, ATS and AGC members in their numbers showing the history of service up to today in style. The stewards were real quality individuals who were very efficient, helpful and fabulously smart.
I was very pleased with the turnout by the male military, nearly all responded to my round robin but there were even more than that, including the RAG, as they all knew Annie. The family too were brilliant and I thought that both Janet and Hannah’s contributions were beautifully delivered and apt. George was a triumph with his reminiscences.
It was a great pleasure to put together the service order and sheet, the seating plan and the obituary for the Telegraph and subsequently for the Lioness, as well as Lord G’s Tribute. I used the Corps memorandums of the time and the notes compiled for the Times by Anne, as well as some history notes on world events and personal knowledge of herself. I tried to be as accurate as possible.
Sue did a great job getting a good deal from the printers, and negotiating with ABF for their assistance as well as sorting out the Mess and the Grenadier Guards admin for gates trumpets, etc. plus meeting with the Rev Clinton and Mess staff and Lord G. I thought her Tribute was well written and well delivered. I hope she was proud of herself. She certainly got good Corps support and the Standard bearers were excellent, both Corps and Aden Veterans. Sgt Fred Barret took control of them at the church. Sue Wing was of course just as she always is, a real dear and it was lovely that she was an important part of the Service.
The party afterwards was a really good warm and happy event, even if Sue and I wondered if we had all the food. The noise level was high and the meeting and greeting was a joy. So many people that one had not seen for so long and new friends and acquaintances.
In all a good combined action and a very good occasion for remembrance.