Naval veteran urges people to support poppy appeal
9:11am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
THE Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal is close to the heart of Jack Robinson.
Mr Robinson comes from a long line of servicemen who have served this nation well.
With Remembrance Day approaching, the Tyldesley man is urging people to support the appeal to help service personnel and their families in times of need.
Having spent 17 years in the Royal Navy and Royal Navy reserve serving on aircraft carriers, minesweepers and a cruiser he joined the Tyldesley branch of the legion 41 years ago.
Now he is the branch secretary, treasurer and welfare officer. The Robinson family have done more than their share of service and Mr Robinson’s son Wayne served in the Queen’s Own Hussars.
Mr Robinson said: “My great grandfather John Palmer joined the Dorset Malitia in 1853, transferred to the Royal Artillery in 1854 and was sent to India where he served for 10 years and was awarded long service and good conduct medals and a Crimea medal with a clasp for the Sebastopol/Turkish war, and an Indian Mutiny medal before being discharged in 1877.”
His father Harry served in The Duke of Wellington regiment from 1925 to 1933 in Singapore and India without leave.
Harry also served again in the Second World War alongside his brothers Jack and Frank and sisters Kathleen and Isabelle. Mr Robinson’s uncle Edward Parry was killed on September 1, 1918, as the First World War drew to a close.
Highlighting this year’s Poppy Appeal, Mr Robinson said: “The demand for support for our Second World War veterans is at its peak.
“Since 1945 there has only been one year when a service person has not been killed in action in places long forgotten.
“Our task for helping ex-servicemen and women has changed very much and the average age of ex-service personnel requesting help has dropped to 25 years.
“We need to match 21st century resources with 21st century needs.
“So we provide welfare support, intervention, advice and guidance.
“This could not happen without the overwhelming public support.”
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