REME Museum celebrates Corps’ 75th anniversary

Nearly 500 visitors joined serving and veteran REME soldiers and special guests to celebrate 75 years since the formation of the REME Corps.

The Museum hosted a special event on October 1st with a range of exciting activities and family events to mark the special occasion.

The cutting of our very special #REME75 cake, thank you to George Pratt, 99 year old founding member and Craftsman Cunningham, 17 years old

The cutting of our very special #REME75 cake, thank you to George Pratt, 99 year old founding member and Craftsman Cunningham, 17 years old

A birthday cake was specially designed and showed images of REME soldiers at work, and featured the REME birth certificate – the original was created by a REME Craftsman shortly after the Corps was founded on October 1st 1942, during World War II.

Visitors enjoyed music, Museum displays and activities and special guests included World War II re-enactors, Blitz Buddies and the British Legion Bikers. The day also included Colonel Clare Phillips, Colonel REME, giving a speech to mark the historic anniversary.

The event saw an anniversary cake-cutting performed by one of the oldest and newest members of the Corps – founding member George Pratt, 99 and our youngest serving Craftsman Cunningham, 17.

Museum Director Major Rick Henderson said: “The REME Museum proudly celebrated 75 years of the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers’ vital role in the British Army on the 1st October.

The star of the show was George Pratt, a 99 year old veteran and founder member, who cut the giant birthday cake and charmed the ladies. A big thank you to all those people who assisted and visited, helping make the day a very special one.”

REME Museum is dedicated to telling the story of one of the British Army’s most essential Corps and opened to the public in 2017 at its new home at MoD Lyneham (former RAF Lyneham).  The Museum tells the story of the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, preserving its fascinating history from its formation in World War II through to the present day, and giving voices to REME men and women of the past and present.

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