National Service formally ended in the UK on 31 December 1960, the last National Servicemen leaving the armed forces in May 1963. Conscripts were at least 18 years old at the time of their ‘call-up’ papers, so therefore those who remember the experience are now well into their three score years and ten. Representatives of the Army, Navy and Air Force, all of them Greenwich residents, will give some account of what it was like to spend two years in uniform, obedient to the last order. Not all are fond recollections. To give balance and perspective to the evening, the representatives of the armed forces will be joined by a ‘conchie’, i.e. a conscientious objector, one who refused to answer the call to arms. It is hoped that the evening will be more than just personal recollections, but audience participation too. Get fell in at 7.30 sharp!
September 26th 2018 at James Wolfe Royal Hill Campus. Meetings commence at 7.30, doors open 7.15. We welcome non-members, from whom we invite a donation of £3 for each meeting.