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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland



17 November 2015

40 (North Irish Horse) Signal Squadron made a special presentation to retired Royal Signals veteran WO1 (RSM) John Loveday in recognition of 50 years' membership with the Royal Signals Association. (After 22 years' service with the Regular Army John continued his military service with the Army Reserve and served in 40 (Ulster) Signal Regiment).

The presentation took place on Remembrance Sunday, following a parade and service at St Mark's Church, Holywood Road, Belfast and a lunch at Clonaver Army Reserve Centre.

The parade was led by 40 (NIH) Signal Squadron supported by an element from A Company 2nd Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment. Also participating were cadets from the Sea Cadets, the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps. There was also a large contingent of the Royal Signals Association members on parade; in all over 120 personnel marched to the church. 

The Squadron has strong association with St Mark’s Church, the service is very well attended and it was a great opportunity for the military and local community to share Remembrance. 

After the lunch, a fund-raising ballot was held in support of the Somme Nursing Home, which is based in Belfast and provides care for ex-servicemen and women. The Squadron provides support on a regular basis and, on this occasion, over £120 was raised. 

Main photo shows Maj Gordy Stevenson presenting WO1 John Loveday with his R Signals Association medal.

Photo below - the parade forms up at Clonaver: