FORMER ROC COMMANDANT TAKES THE SALUTE

As has become the custom over many years, former ROC members in Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire took part in the Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service at the village of Farnsfield near Mansfield on 14 November 2004. The village was the location of 8/22 Post and also has an impressive memorial nearby to the crew of a Halifax bomber which crashed there in 1944.

The ROC attendance had grown over the years whilst that of the Royal British Legion has tended to diminish and, for the past few years, we have formed the largest parade contingent. Our presence this year included former members of Ashover (8/20), Brassington (8/32), Farnsfield (8/22) and Southend (4/60) Posts, together with two former Group Officers and a former Group Commandant..

There was, however, a special ROC significance to this year’s service and parade in that the salute after the service was taken by Air Commodore M H Miller CBE AFC RAF (Rtd) who was Commandant of the Royal Observer Corps from 1975 to 1977.

We were fortunate to be invited afterwards to the home of the local RBL President for drinks and snacks which gave us all the opportunity for informal conversation with Air Commodore Miller and his wife.We are sure that they enjoyed this as much as we did. On a personal level for our ex-GC, Leslie Mitton, Air Commodore Miller was on the Promotions Board which appointed him. But, as we said to Mrs Miller, we expect that he made other mistakes. No disrespect Leslie, honestly !!

Jon Layne

Secretary Ashbourne Section CROCA