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THE Ministry of Defence has announced that the HM Forces Veterans Badge, launched in May 2004 for First and Second World War veterans and those who served in the Armed Forces up to December 1954 will, from June 27, also be available for veterans who served up to December 1959.

A unique version of the badge is under development by the MOD for those who served in the Merchant Navy.

THERE was a large attendance at Wolvey Church for the funeral of veteran Eric Bordoli last week.

Eric served in the REME from 1939 to 1946 attaining the rank of a Captain and Adjutant. He was in the invasion of Normandy with 21st Army Group which landed on Sword Beach and later crossed the Rhine and occupied Hanover.

He was a member of the Bulkington branch, Royal British Legion and colleagues were present for a final tribute to him.

To his family condolences are conveyed.

The village branch of the Royal British Legion holds its monthly meeting tonight at the War Memorial Club at 8pm.

No 1 branch RBL holds its next meeting on Sunday next at the Stoke Coventry Private Members Club, Stoke Green, at 11.15am.

No 3 branch RBL assembles at the Grange Social Club, Binley Road, at 12.30pm and the Bedworth Parachute Regimental Association branch drop-in is at the Bulkington War Memorial Club, also on Sunday at 11am.

No 4 (Triumph Motors) branch RBL holds its meeting at the Standard Triumph Social Club on Monday next, at 7.30pm. New members welcome to all branches.

COVENTRY branch REME meets at the Westfield House TA Centre on Wednesday, April 12, at 8pm, and the City Royal Air Force Association branch members meeting is also on April 12 at the Douglas Bader House HQ, Lythalls Lane, at 8pm.

A DIARY date for ex-RAF personnel in the city who may have served in 202 Squadron. Their association has a reunion arranged for April 28/29 at Shifnal, near Cosford. Contact P Chadwick on 01242 584996 for detail.

A REMINDER of the St George's (belated) midday concert at the Civic Hall, Bedworth, on Tuesday, April 25, commencing at 11.30am.

Co-promoter Brian Walker, the ex-REME spanner-man assures of a good programme of entertainment headed by Bernie Clifton.

Our Standards will be on stage for the finale.

Tickets priced pounds 7 are available from the box office or on the day.

THE next meeting of the Coventry branch of the Royal Army Medical Corps Association is on Wednesday, April 12, at the Royal Warwicks Club at 11am.

Any former Medics of the RAMC, RADC, RAVC and QARANC are welcomed to attend and join the branch.

Ring secretary Brian Wilson on 024 7627 3646 for details.

THE next meeting of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Royal Warwicks Association, will be held at the Royal Warwick's Club, Tower Street, Coventry, on Sunday, April 9, at 11am.

All former or serving members will be made welcome.

For further information, contact branch secretary Les Fowkes on 024 76366347.

THE Coventry branches of The Royal Artillery and Burma Star Associations have been told that one of its stalwarts, Charlie Batchelor BEM, remains seriously ill.

Both branches send their hopes for an improvement in his condition.

AN ITALY Star Association reunion will be held at Chichester from May 5-8. There will be a remembrance service and annual dinner. Ring 02392 839686 for details.

AN EX-GUNNER or one coming out of the army can contact the Coventry branch Royal Artillery at the Royal Warwick's Club, Tower Street, Coventry. Branch meetings are held on the third Sunday of each month at 11.15am.

For further information, contact president Sid Watson, on 024 7641 2466, secretary Margaret Fletcher on 024 7641 6778, or welfare officer Frank Collins on 024 7663 7 102.

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