Our annual Armistice Day Remembrance Parade on Sunday 11th November enjoyed a good attendance in glorious sunshine. Unlike last year, when the weather forced us to retreat to the Church Of St Michael and All Angels on the village green.

It was an important day of national remembrance because it is just 100 years to the day since the armistice of the "war to end all wars" was signed.

The parade marshall was Martyn Cook, chairman, MHAS and the service was conducted by Rev. Toby Tate, vicar of Martlesham and Brightwell. Martlesham Brass provided the band.

Left - 356 (Felixstowe) squadron Air Training Corp.

Above - Kesgrave Detachment Suffolk Army Cadet Force.

Above left - Wing Commander Phil Nicholson RAF    Above right - Lt Col. Ben Donberg USAF

Bikers from the Iron Crows and the Black Shucks. They join us every year and visit other remembrance parades. They raise funds for the benevolent society.

Left - Jo Dixon from Martlesham Guides and Rangers reading an account of the work done by the newly formed Girl Guide movement in the Great War.

The First World War also provided an opportunity for the new Guide Movement to show the girls trustworthiness & reliability. On 15th September 1915 MI5 replaced their existing young male helpers, with Girl Guides, aged 14-16, who were entrusted to carry secret counterespionage memoranda & reports. “They proved more amenable & their methods of getting into trouble were on the whole less distressing” MI5 reported.

Each Guide had to sign a contract, with permission from both parents & her Guide Captain.

She pledged on her honour not to read anything she carried & was paid 10 shillings for 50 hours of work. A working day started at 9am & finished at 9pm.

From 1915 -1918 Guides also worked in the Postal Censorship Office.

When the War ended, a number of Guides were taken with the British delegation to France. There they ran errands in the Palace of Versailles for the Peace Conference. In June 1919, 16 Ranger Guides (young women aged 16-18) were invited to witness the signing of the Peace


5 months later at a Girl Guide Peace rally in the Albert Hall, their co Founder Lord Baden-Powell spoke to 8,000 Guides about how small unselfish deeds had helped lead to peace & greater understanding between peoples. He said “Each of you can go further & take a valuable part in this great work”.          

I hope we as an organisation can take this message forward in the 21st century, by learning

from the fortitude of our guiding forbears. I would like to remember all young people who have been involved in conflict & have performed their own small unselfish deeds on their respective home fronts.