INTRODUCTION

All ex-servicemen remember many experiences of

heroism, unselfishness and personal devotion

The Beginning

A private, formerly a dock labourer, was mortally wounded and died

in this officer’s arms on the floor of the trench

A Bonding

He was the very same man who, on two previous occasions

had risked his own life for the sake of this officer,

and who had now made the supreme sacrifice

Birth of an idea

This particular tragedy and the very real although unspoken comradeship

between officer and private remained as an imperishable and inspiring

memory cut across all sense of discipline, rank and social status

was the inspiration which animated three ex-servicemen to found

“The Fellowship of the Services”

Silent Thoughts

Ex-servicemen rarely talk of brotherhood

There remains a rough and ready devotion between a man and his comrade.

Each knew, that the other would stick to him through thick and thin

Most ex-servicemen will understand