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National Service Veterans Association

Birmingham United Services Club    Gough Street    Birmingham  
  West Midlands    B1 1HN   


Award of a National Defence Medal

Responsible department: Ministry of Defence

I propose an award of a National Defence Medal to all serving and ex- serving members of HM Forces in recognition of the service that they have given/give to their country and to the people, subject to meeting certain criteria. Not everyone was able to go into a war like zone but they nevertheless gave 100% effort. Please recognise their efforts.

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Did you serve in the forces between 1939 and 1964?
United Kingdom, Germany, Korea, Palestine, Malaya, Singapore, Hong Kong, East Africa, North Africa, Aden, Canal Zone, Suez, Cyprus
or did you serve as a Bevin Boy? See Bevin Boys

The NSVA Constitution

Come and have a chat with us and find someone you may have served with.
Birmingham United Services Club
Gough Street
(City Centre)
ON: 1st Wednesday of every Month

TIME: 7.30PM

Chairman - Franklin Hood

CHAIRMAN :  MR. F. Hood. BEM. 
1Bromford Gardens
2 Westfield Road
Birmingham B15 3XD

TEL:  0121-455-9287

VICE/CHAIR:   MR. D. Hughes
18 Avery Road,
West Midlands,  B73 6PX  
TEL:  0121-355-3145

SECRETARY:  MR. B. Holtham. 
12 Edge Hill Road,
Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, B74 4NU.

TREASURER: MR. R. Bourne  
22 Ashbrook Road,
Birmingham,  B30 2XG  
TEL: 0121-689-1591

If you wish to learn more about the NSVA please write to
Franklin Hood at :
1Bromford Gardens
2 Westfield Road
Birmingham B15 3XD

Brief History

  • Our organisation was founded in the 1990s by ex-national serviceman Bob Parker who served in the Canal -Zone- Egypt in the early 1950s. It was set up to cover Birmingham and the midlands area. Later in 2000 as our membership expanded across the UK and abroad we became the National Service Veterans Association..
  • In 2001,the Association commissioned and had dedicated a Parade Standard this is carried on important events throughout the year.
  • In 2003 a memorial to fallen National servicemen was commissioned and dedicated.  It now stands in its own landscaped plot at the National Aboretum in Alrewas, Lichfield, Staffordshire.
  • In 2007, a memorial plaque commissioned and sited at the Peace Gardens, Bath Row, Birmingham. 
  • The last Sunday in June is officially recognised as National Service Day and, each year, on this day a commemorative service is held at the Aboretum.

The standard bearers of the following associations: Market Garden Veterans, Royal Army Service Corps, Royal Artillery, Malaya & Borneo Veterans, Royal Lincolnshire Regiment., have attended past meetings.  The committee wishes to thank the thousands that supported the event in 2003,  2004, 2005, 2006.  

PATRON    Field Marshal the Lord Vincent     GCB. KCB. DSO

PRESIDENT       Major General (ret)  B M Bowen    CB

Chaplain            Rev. Cannon. Roger.D. Scott. CJ. PHD. DD.

HQ and Birmingham branch meetings are held at the Birmingham United Services Club. Membership outside of the Birmingham area and across the UK are kept in contact by quarterly newsletter. Birmingham branch members as well as having an active social side attend the following important events.

St Georges Day Service at St Pauls  Birmingham

Memorial Service and Parade     National Memorial Aboretum   Staffordshire

Memorial Plaque Service          Peace Gardens   Birmingham

Remembrance Day parade        Birmingham

Festival of Remembrance          Town Hall    Birmingham

Plus other invited events. since the commissioning of our parade standard it has to date been carried on aprox 100 official engagements.

HQ and Birmingham Branch Meetings 1st Wed in month 7-30  BUSC, Gough St, Birmingham.

National Service Veterans Association are members of the Birmingham Ex-Service Federation





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