Message from the Chairman

The Future

The Future

I hope that by now, you have all received my first letter as your new Chairman. My first month has been a busy one, since I have been settling into the post. We are actively seeking new Trustees to join us, so if you think you have the time and the necessary energy then please do come forward and have a chat about it.

We are this summer, running a 2 day training event for Trustees and Committee Assistants to enhance their IT skills. We all realise that the world has changed after COVID and many (myself included) would benefit from some extra tuition. So don’t be put off from applying because a lack of IT skills, we will help you.

I am very keen to hear from you, if you have a view of what the Committee of Trustees can do for you. You can email me on (click on the logo above to get directly to a blank email) or phone on the Information phone number 08452412189. It is not always possible for me to answer straight away but you leave me a message I will always get back to you as soon as I can.

Please return regularly to our website for all the latest information.

Thoughts on the Funeral

Thoughts on the Funeral

On Saturday (17th April 2021), I watched the funeral of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. I imagine that many of you, like myself, were transported back in time to another more personal military funeral.

It was such a dignified, yet simple event which captured the essence of The Duke and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family. The sight of the Queen sitting on her own, epitomised the sense of loneliness that we all felt when widowed. How devastating not to be able to share a hug her children and grandchildren.

On a brighter note, restrictions are beginning to be lifted, so some of you will already have had your second dose of the vaccine and the sun is now shining.

Long may it continue.

Campaign 300 Latest Updates

Campaign 300 Latest Updates

Click on the logo above to find out more information in the Members Area of our website.

Campaign 300 remains our Number One Priority.

Widow(er)s are entitled to compensation, known as a War Widows’ Pension, following the loss of their spouse/recognised partner if they died in action or the death was attributed to or hastened by their service. If they remarried or cohabited between prior to 2015 the widow(er) had to surrender this compensation if they were to remarry or cohabit. Since 2015 a legislative change meant that widow(er)s retain their compensation irrespective of their marital status.

The Trustees are working hard on behalf of the members affected to correct this “gross injustice".

To launch our 50th Anniversary year we have created a cook book with the help of our lovely members and supporters.

To help us with costs, we ask for a contribution of £5 per copy plus £2 postage and packing (per book) it makes an ideal Mother’s Day, Easter present or just an little treat for yourself.

With the fascinating stories that accompany the recipes it’s a really good read too. Here are some snippets …..

Order your book today to match the quote to the recipe!

I hope you enjoy it with a cup of tea or a glass of Spanish sherry!

A very easy and delicious recipe typical of Virginia Beach where we were living.

Since then it is known in our house as Jungle Cake.

There was no chance of a goodnight kiss that night.

At the end of the evening he took his shirt off and gave it to his friend.

When you try me recipe bow ties are optional.

To order please contact our remembrance secretary on in the first instance, then click the buttons below as directed.

Emails to for more information.

Send a Cheque to

Remembrance – War Widows’ Association of Great Britain
PO Box 29265
KY12 2FH

What we are about

The War Widows’ Association of Great Britain was formed in 1971 becoming a registered charity in 1991 and has developed into the United Kingdom’s leading representative organisation for widow(er)s of Armed Forces Personnel where death has been caused by or hastened by service. Everything that we do is based around our 3 core values….


Campaigning is the foundation of the War Widows’ Association; the Association has managed many successful campaigns to improve the conditions of War Widows and War Widowers.



We care by signposting members to the appropriate help and through our network of Regional Organisers we offer friendship and support.



Remembrance, the third pillar of the War Widows’ Association is a very important part of its programme of events.

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