Bay veterans pay tribute to the National Service 'brigade'

Torbay Weekly

Tributes have  been paid in Torbay to the thousands who stood shoulder to should with the regular soldiers during their National Service.

The Paignton branch the Royal British Legion gathered at the Memorial in Palace Avenue to remember and pay tribute to the many who were called up to do National Service post World War Two.

Most, now in their 70's served alongside regular soldiers in all parts of the world  and conflicts.

It is estimated that some 2.3 million were conscripted at a rate of 3,000 every week.

Many of them enjoyed doing two years and, of course, some did not.

At the service the branch conveyed grateful thanks and appreciation to those veterans who lost their lives during their service. It is believed the last  National Serviceman was demobbed on May 16, 1963.