The late John (Jock) Oliver formed the Branch in 1994. Jock had been a member of the Birmingham Midlands RMPA and felt that there was room for another branch in the City.
The first meeting was on the 16th March 1994 at the Birmingham United Services Club, Gough Street, Birmingham, when eight RMPA members responded to an advert put in the local press. Membership is now one hundred and growing.
Our members have served in World War II and most parts of the world where emergencies have occurred since 1945 namely Cyprus, Kenya, Korea, Malaya, Suez, Northern Ireland, Falkland Islands and Iraq.
On average we have 40 members who regularly attend the meetings, which are held on the first Saturday of each month. The numbers usually increase at the Annual General Meeting normally held in April and at the Christmas Lunch held each December.
The members have welcomed at the Christmas Lunch; three Retired Provost Marshalls, a Member of Parliament, two Lord Mayors of Birmingham, the Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police and a Deputy Chief Fire Officer.
We have visitors who come along and talk on various subjects. Over the time the branch has been operative we have had the curator of the West Midlands Police Museum, the Director of the Medal Office in Droitwich, a representative from St Dunstans, and the War Pensions Office, a talk on the History of the ‘Victoria Cross’ and its holders, together with local authors and other interest groups.
There are regular social functions and in 2004 the branch was host to the Annual RMPA Reunion with members from three continents attending. In addition we supply contingents to the Annual Remembrance Parades in London and Birmingham together with the Annual ANZAC Parade on Cannock Chase. Other ex-service occasions are also attended. The branch Church Parade is held in conjunction with the First Army Association, and the Normandy Veterans Association, and is held at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Birmingham in May of each year.
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