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100 years of women serving in the military

A service has been held today at the National Memorial Arboretum to mark the centenary of women serving in the military.

Over the years, there have been huge changes in the roles woman have had in the forces.

As Kevin Ashford reports, the Royal British Legion said today was a military milestone like no other.

Kevin spoke to Stacey Hodnett, former soldier and Bob Gamble from the Royal British Legion.

British Legion ensures lonely hero doesn't die alone

Major Thomas Leslie died surrounded by British Legion members

When war hero Major Thomas Leslie was admitted to a nursing home with no money and no family it was feared the only person to attend his funeral would be the matron who cared for him.

But when she contacted the Royal British Legion and told them about the 86 year old, members rallied the troops to ensure his last days weren't spent alone and that he received the send off he deserved. Today 120 people attended his funeral in Bournemouth.

"I didn't get to meet Tom until his last days and he was such a remarkable man, he had such a remarkable history and I wish I'd known him earlier. Unfortunately these things happen and it's happening more and more with our veterans and the guys of his age. We've got so many stories that are going untold - it's just nice that we managed to get a little bit of his history before he passed on."

– Gerry Nunn, Royal British Legion

Tom served 34 years in the army and was the youngest of nine siblings but when he died at a nursing home in Friars Cliff in Christchurch there were no friends and family to mourn his passing.

"No-one should ever die alone so the nurses were amazing and sat with him until the end and it was very peaceful, dignified and he was pain free and I'm just so pleased I got in touch with the Legion because I think he would've loved this."

– Beverley Lockhart, Pinebeach Nursing Home


Police search for man after poppy tin theft

Credit: Sussex Police

Police in Sussex are searching for a man they suspect of stealing a poppy tin from a Goring store on Remembrance Sunday.

At 1.50pm on Sunday 9 November the man, described as in his early 40s, of medium build, 5'10", wearing a beige baseball cap, dark blue coat and dark trousers with black shoes, entered the Co-op Store in The Boulevard, Goring.

A British Legion poppy collection tin from the tills area. Police are asking anyone who knows the man to contact them.

Berkshire's poppy appeal campaign launched at Newbury race course

The launch of this year's poppy appeal got off to a flying start in Berkshire with an Armed Forces Day at the Newbury Racecourse.

Ten thousand people enjoyed a unique combination of racing, remembrance and recruitment... as Richard Slee explains.

Man arrested over "poppy burning"

Poppies have been a symbol for Remembrance for nearly a century Credit: Leon Neal/PA Wire

A Kent man has been arrested after allegedly putting a picture of a burning poppy on Facebook. Kent Police said the man, from Aylesham, was arrested on suspicion of malicious telecommunications and was last night in police custody awaiting interview by officers.

The arrest came after thousands of people wore poppies yesterday at services across the country to mark Remembrance Sunday.