Legion stalwarts honoured by town


Shane Brennan

TWO Ruthin veterans have spoken of their delight at having their service to the Royal British Legion recognised by the town.

Ted Evans, 92, and William Fowlie, 85, both from Ruthin were presented with plaques at the Ruthin Town Council meeting.

Ted served for years in the Merchant Navy and Bill served in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

After retiring from the services both men became involved in fundraising for the Royal British Legion.

They have a combined sixty years service to the Legion, and William now acts as the standard bearer for the Ruthin branch.

After the meeting the men spoke of their pride in the award and how people are taking an interest in the work of the Legion.

Mr Fowlie said: “It was a most pleasent surprise. It shows at least that our efforts don’t go unnoticed which is nice.

People come up to me during thePoppy Appeal and during conversations it hurts me to hear people don’t know where their relatives from the First World War or the Second World War are laid to rest.”

Mr Evans added: “What is surprising is the youngsters taking an interest in the Poppy Appeal. Over the last two years we spent £2.6 million on the blind veterans centre in Llandudno. There is quite a lot money going out and hopefully quite a bit coming in.”

Mr Evans served for 13 years in the Merchant Navy joining up in 1937.
During the war he survived ten Atlantic crossings to bring vital supplies to the home front.

Mr Evans said: “Two of us went off to the recruiting office in Rhyl. Joe Burnett unfortunately was lost, his name is on the memorial.

“My father wouldn’t let me join the Navy but the old vicar in Llanelidan said ‘don’t worry I’ll get him a job at sea.’

He did that and that was in 1937.

“My first trip was to Galveston. I served right through the war I did ten Atlantic crossings during the war and finished up on the tugs in Liverpool in 1950.”

He went on to join the legion in the 1970s but was involved in the Poppy appeal before he joined the legion.

Mr Fowlie joind the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1946 and went onto serve in Burma during the post independence period.

Ruthin’s deputy mayor Stephen Beach said it was great that the councillors had the oppurtunity to show their gratitude to the volunteers.

He said: “It was a tribute to them for all their service. They are always there year after year raising money. They have done a lot for the town and it was time that they were recognised by the town as we are very grateful for all their service.”

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