Last week saw celebrations at Bexhill’s Royal British Legion branch for the 100th birthday of member Fred Hermon.
Ted King told the Observer: “Fred has been a regular member of the club for many years, coming in for an afternoon drink a couple of days a week, he is always greeted with affection and is very well liked.”
Until recently Fred was “a stalwart member” of the Bexhill branch committee, holding the vice president’s post, then subsequently president.
Before that he had served in other branches from the 1950’s, starting with Whyteleaf branch in Surrey where he became secretary and then president, a position he held for about 25 years.
Fred also became chairman of the Tonbridge group, and his branch was given permission to award him the ‘gold badge.’
He was elected as a member of the Surrey Council of the British Legion, later becoming vice-president, and finally presiding over a county conference. In June 2000 he was given the certificate of life membership for meritoriious service to the Royal British Legion.