Due to the current pandemic concerning the outbreak of COVID-19 around the world and especially the UK. There is an expectation the NHS and wider health care community will experience an explosion in cases within their respective commissioning groups. Cases are expected to peak during the month of May, plateau and steadily decline thereafter. We can expect quite a rough few months ahead. With this in mind it is sensible to cancel branch meetings with immediate effect until further notice.
Fortunately, we have the power of social media which is not restricted by social distancing or self isolation and remains an ideal platform to communicate effectively with each other. Therefore, if any member of the branch is in need of support during this crisis, please contact either myself or Mr Pete Watson who will do our utmost to assist you.
Once the pandemic has passed and life begins to return to some semblance of ‘normality’ we will announce when Branch meetings will resume. I look forward to welcoming all branch members to our next meeting (including those who have been in self isolation for a number of years!), until then, take care everyone. Regards Andy Nelson-Plews (Branch Chairman).
The minutes of the August Branch meeting held on the 7th August are now available. Due to the absence of the Branch Secretary, there is a lot of information contained in the minutes that was not available on the evening, so please read all the way through. Minutes are available HERE
On the 1st April 2019, Arthur Cant passed away in his nursing home in Hull. Arthur was 98 years old. Just three years before, Arthur was awarded The Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur by the French Government for his actions in 1944 during World War II
4350496 Arthur Henry Cant originally served with the East Yorkshire Regt before transferring to the Corps of Military Police. He was a member of the Vulnerable Points Wing (the Bluecaps) until his Class A Release on 2nd August 1946. On the 7th June 1944, Arthur landed on the Canadian controlled Juno Beach in Normandy. His task was to clear the beaches of prisoners to make way for the advancing troops and equipment. In all, Arthur evacuated 900 enemy prisoners back to the UK, giving them soup during the voyage.
On Tuesday 23rd April, The National Standard of the Royal Military Police Association along with the Hull & East Riding and South Yorkshire Branch Standards, paraded with Members of The Hull & East Riding Branch at Arthur’s funeral. An additional 6 standards where present from other Associations from within the Hull boundary.
Arthur was a kind and generous man, with a keen wit. Arthur will be greatly missed by his family and friends.