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         The Rifles Office North
The office has remained busy throughout the year aided by RIFLES assets in the North. A special mention needs to be made to Capt Paul Kelly and his team who provided inval- uable support and for their patience in putting up with many short notice requests that began “Is there any chance that ... “.
At the start of the year we had responsi- bility for Yorkshire and the Midlands but by
the end we had returned the Midlands to the Shrewsbury office and gained the North East. Change it would seem is considered good for the soul.
With the renewed interest in veterans shown by local councils the office is ensuring as many links as possible are being formed to assist riflemen past and present.
       Victoria Cross Centenaries
On 22nd August 18 a dedication stone was unveiled to LCpl George Onions VC The Devonshire Regiment in Bilston Staffordshire. City Colonel Birmingham Col (Retd) Marius Coulon laid a wreath on behalf of The Rifles, The Veteran Bugles Association providing bugle support.
On the 12th November 18 a service was held to commemorate Sjt Laurence Calvert VC Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry at Cockburn School Leeds. The VC Centenary Stone was unveiled and will be on display at the school until its permanent site, The Laurence Calvert VC school is completed. Wreaths
were laid on behalf of The Rifles by Lt Col (Retd) Graham Whitmore and
for the KOYLI by Brig (Retd) Roger Preston.
8 RIFLES, Association Standard Bearers and
The Veteran Buglers supported the service.
 Sjt Laurence Calvert VC. Photograph taken after he was presented with his Victoria Cross
RIFLES Colonel Birmingham supported the Veteran Buglers at the unveiling of George Onion VC Centenary Stone in Bilston. August 2018

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