THE outgoing president of the Royal British Legion was guest of honour at the Henley and Peppard branch’s lunch meeting on Monday
THE outgoing president of the Royal British Legion was guest of honour at the Henley and Peppard branch’s lunch meeting on Monday.
Vice-Admiral Peter Wilkinson gave a brief speech about his role to more than 50 members present.
The former submariner, who will step down in May, said: “It’s always lovely to come to Henley.
“It’s a beautiful town and I think it’s a great opportunity to be able to talk about the Legion’s activities with such a lively and sociable branch.”
Members also heard a talk by historian Bill King about the Thames Valley’s role in the Second World War.
Mr King, from Swindon, spoke about the Upper Thames Patrol, which would cruise up and down the river looking for German troops who might sabotage bridges and weirs.
On one occasion they caught two paratroopers near Nettlebed, who were later executed at the Tower of London. Mr King explained how Phyllis Court Club in Henley had served as a recreation outpost for American bomber crews while Allied spies trained as radio operators at nearby Fawley Court.
Branch hairman John Green said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Vice-Admiral Wilkinson and to show him how sociable we are as a branch.
“Mr King provided lots of new and fascinating information about a familiar topic.”