Date Published: 05 December 2018
Rutland County Council’s commemorative ‘Tommy’ silhouette marking the Armistice Centenary has been formally unveiled by Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cumming MBE GCStG.
The memorial, which forms part of Rutland’s commemorations for this year’s Armistice Centenary, was purchased thanks to fundraising by RCC staff and the Grainstore Brewery in Oakham, with all proceeds going to support the UK’s There But Not There project.
Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cumming MBE GCStG unveiled the tribute on Friday 30 November as part of a special weekend-long visit to Rutland. While in the County, he also visited children at Milfield Academy and guests at the Grainstore’s monthly Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast, before delivering a special talk about life at the Royal Hospital Chelsea to an audience at Rutland County Museum.
Born in 1932, Mr s enlisted into the Royal Corps of Signals in 1950 and travelled worldwide during a distinguished military career, before retiring in 1983. Mr Cumming, 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.
“It was an honour to have Mr Cumming visit Rutland to help us commemorate the Armistice Centenary. He travelled the world during a highly decorated military career and is a hugely inspirational figure. On behalf of everyone at Rutland County Council, I’d like to thank Mr Cumming for his visit. I’d also like to thank Barnsdale Lodge, who provided Mr Cumming with free accommodation throughout his stay.”
Councillor Richard Foster, Armed Forces Champion
Find out more about how we support the Armed Forces Community in Rutland, including veterans and Forces families, on our Armed Forces page.