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Posted: Jan 6, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: Admin


Mrs May Arnold OBEIt is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mrs May Arnold OBE.

Born in Culcross, Scotland, Mrs Arnold was the first Scot to become National Chairman of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section, from 1995 to 1998, after which she became National Life Vice President. 

She was an ex-WAAF, trained as a Wireless operator in Fighter Command but spent much of her service life on remote Stations in North Scotland and the Orkneys. In 1947 she married an RAF Navigator, and had three sons. After her family grew up, she became a telephone operator for 22 years until her retirement in November 1985. In that time she became the Norwich District Organiser for the Union of Communication Workers and the UCW Chairman in the Eastern Region.

Mrs Arnold joined the Royal British Legion Women’s Section in 1971 and over the years she held the Offices of County Chairman of Norfolk and Eastern Area Chairman and was a member of the Central Committee from 1987, before becoming its Chairman in 1995. Mrs Arnold received the Women’s Section Merit Award and National Golden Award, and was honoured in 1998 by being appointed OBE.

She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.