Christmas Lunch 2016

Forty members and spouses of the Birmingham Central Branch of the RMPA attended their annual Christmas Lunch on Saturday 3rd December at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham. The Guest this year was Marius Heideveld, Secretary and founder of ‘The Friends of the Allied War Graves Foundation, Waalwijk and Surrounding Districts & Documentation Group WWII’ in Holland.

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After the lunch Marius gave a presentation on the work of his group of volunteers that look after the War Graves in their region and research them. They also visit schools giving the children information on the liberation that the Allied soldiers established in Holland during WWII.

For his work Marius was given the honour of being made a Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau. One of the graves in the village of Vlimen is of a Lance Corporal John Steele CMP who came from Wednesbury and was killed in action. He is buried in the cemetery behind the Roman Catholic church together with another British soldier.

All the members enjoyed the lunch and look forward to a new meeting place in 2017.

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Church Parade, Southwick Park

Photo gallery from the Church Parade at Southwick Park, held on the 17th May 2015.

The Memorial Church, Southwick Park is the spiritual home of the Royal Military Police. The Church contains RMP Memorials, Books of Remembrance and Laid-Up RMPA Standards. All RMP personnel are entitled to be married and have their children christened in the Memorial Church, with the permission of the Commandant, The Defence College of Policing and Guarding. The Church is also licensed for marriages.

Revd Charles Steele Deceased

Reverend Charles Edward Ernest Steele

The Reverend Charles Edward Ernest Steele died on Monday 16th March 2015 aged 90.

Charles enlisted in the Rifle Brigade in 1942 and transferred to the Corps of Military Police in March 1944 and was posted to 110 Provost Company 8th Corps and saw service in Normandy and North West Europe.

In April 1945 he returned to Mytchett for re-kitting and was then posted in May of the same year to 28th Indian Division until May 1946 then onto 5th Indian Division from 1946 until February 1947 from there he went to Secunderabad prior to his release in 1947.

On release from H.M. Forces he joined the Birmingham Fire Brigade and served 22 years before taking up Holy Orders within the Church of England. He was Parish Priest in Minworth, Sutton Coldfield and Washwood Heath until his retirement.

He was the Birmingham Central Branch Chaplain and was very supportive within the Branch. He leaves a widow Joan and a son and daughter and grandchildren.

David Prince

I am very sad to tell you that the Webmaster of this wonderful site, my Father David Prince, passed away suddenly on 18th February 2014.

I would like to consider continuing the site in his memory in the future, but as you will surely appreciate, there are lots of things we have to do in the meantime.

May I thank you all for your support and best wishes during the life of this site and kind comments and feedback sent to Dad.

May he Rest in Peace.


David Prince and two of his grand-daughters who were in the Army Cadet Force