With an afternoon to spare recently, we drove down to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. I had some specific areas I wanted to see (it’s much too big to see everything in one day) but our plans went awry within 20 minutes of arriving when Brian Wallis, an RAF veteran of the Falkland Islands campaign, spotted my camera. Within minutes he had charmed me into turning around and accompanying him to the Falklands Memorial where he intended to lay a tribute to a fellow veteran who had recently died.
Also with us were a contingency of students and tutors from the Royal Army Medical Corps at DMS Whittington, who formed a guard of honour for Brian as he honoured his comrade. He then talked to them for a little while about his experiences in the Falklands.
It was quite a surreal afternoon but one which I will remember for a long time.