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Chelsea Pensioner talk at Rutland County Museum

Date Published: 27 November 2018
Brian Cummings

One of the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s much-cherished and instantly recognisable Chelsea Pensioners is to give a special talk at Rutland County Museum this week.

Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cummings MBE GCStG is giving a guest speech at the Museum on Saturday 1 December at 4.00pm. The talk will provide a unique insight into his life and what it’s like inside the world-renowned Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Born in 1932, Mr Cummings enlisted into the Royal Corps of Signals in 1950 and travelled worldwide during a distinguished military career, before retiring in 1983. Mr Cummings, a Knight Grand Cross Order St. George and Freeman of the City of London, was made a Member of the British Empire in 1999 for services to Military Welfare.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is a retirement and nursing home for around 300 veterans of the British Army. It was built in 1682 on the command of King Charles II and under the direction of the architect Sir Christopher Wren.

“We’re honoured that Mr Cummings has chosen to visit Rutland and give a talk at Rutland County Museum. He has provided an exceptional service for this country during his military career, and continues to do so as an accomplished speaker. This talk will provide a fascinating insight into life at Royal Hospital Chelsea, one of the most historic military buildings in the UK, if not the world. I’d encourage as many people as possible to come along to this wonderful event.”
Councillor Richard Forster, Armed Forces Champion

Tickets for this event are free with voluntary donations going to support the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Friends of Rutland County Museum. 

For more information, please call 01572 758440 or visit the Museum website.

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