Royal British Legion Scotland Moffat Branch News

Spitfire flypast tribute to Moffat's most famous son


Sunday, September 4th, 2016: The 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain was commemorated in Station Park, Moffat with a Spitfire flypast.

The annual Lord Hugh Dowding Service which has taken place in the town of his birth every year since 1972, was attended by his grandson, Piers Dowding, who flew from his home in Japan to attend the ceremony.

The Air Chief Marshal was head of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.

Lord Dowding died at his home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on February 15th,1970, aged 87.


Highlights From The Battle Of Britain 75th Anniversary Flypast at Duxford below:

Moffat Branch Secretary attends 100th anniversary Somme Commemoration event


July 1st, 2016: Moffat Branch Secretary Martyn Hawthorn attended the Somme Commemorative Service held at the Thiepval Memorial in France on July 1st in his capacity as National Vice-Chairman of the Royal British Legion Scotland. 

The event to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme was attended by The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, former Prime Minister, David Cameron, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and heads of state, senior politicians, UK and French Choirs, UK and French Military bands and school children from both countries.

The Thiepval Memorial is the largest Commonwealth war memorial in the world and bears the names of more than 72,000 men who died on the Somme and have no known grave. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, it is also commemorates the alliance between the British Empire and France. Beside the memorial is a cemetery with equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves, brought together from all over the battlefield.

The service reflected the story and sheer scale of the battle and the impact it had on the lives of all communities in the UK and France.

The 600 school children (300 French and 300 from the UK) each laid a posy on the 600 graves.

The nearby Thiepval Visitor Centre was built in 2004 and was first discussed at the annual ceremony of Remembrance on 1 July 1998. Sir Frank Sanderson led a small group in the campaign to build this educational centre. The Anglo-French project was brought to fruition with the help of generous donations to meet the British fundraising target of £660,000.

The Visitor Centre has been imaginatively constructed at ground level so that it does not impact as an obtrusive building on the local area around the Thiepval Memorial.

Martyn Hawthorn


Somme commemoration event held in Dumfries on July 28th, 2016

Dumfries and Galloway Council Chambers.


New website now incorporates mobile device compatibility

August 23rd, 2016: Welcome to the new official website of the Moffat Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland which has been launched to replace our previous website. It was felt that the new website should be fully up-to-date and incorporate mobile device compatibility to reflect the growing use of tablets including iPads and smartphones. The website was built by Great-Value-Websites.Com, a Dumfries and Galloway firm.