Photo Gallery: Parade at former Royal British Legion’s national chairman May Arnold

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 February 2014

Funeral of May Arnold, former national Royal British Legion womens section chairman.

Funeral of May Arnold, former national Royal British Legion womens section chairman. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

The colours of 13 Royal British Legion standards and the sound of bagpipes led a parade at the funeral of former Women’s Section national chairman May Arnold.

More than 100 mourners gathered to pay their respects at St Martin’s Church, in Overstrand, where two of her sons read tributes to their mother who died on January 4, aged 88.

The standards were lowered as Legion stalwart Mrs Arnold was carried to her final resting place.

Current national Women’s Section chairman Wendy Bromwich read the Legion prayer and exultation.

Mrs Arnold was the first Scot to become national chairman of the Women’s Section, and was made an OBE in 1998 for her services to the Legion.

She was born in Culross, in Fife, on April 21, 1925, the daughter of William and Isabella Henderson. During the Second World War she enlisted in the Woman’s Royal Airforce, where she trained as a wireless operator.

Mrs Arnold moved to Norfolk in 1947 and lived in Overstrand before spending her final days in the Legion’s Halsey House home at Cromer. She was an active member of Cromer’s St Joseph’s Church choir.

Her son, Ian, told the service: “Everything she did she put her all into. If she had an ambition, she took it on and saw it through to the end.”

Other tributes highlighted the community work of Mrs Arnold, who was a parish councillor for 12 years, and how she overcame challenges in her life.

She had three sons and seven grandchildren.

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  • a funeral is a sad time but the chaos the parking caused was terrible with angry lorry drivers and cars pretending the traffic wasn't there was really ridiculous the police should have been told so they could control the traffic as it was there was a bad accident in mundesley and all the emergency services had to negotiate the cars

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • I was caught up in the traffic, and in a hurry.....but when I saw the cause I felt it was a privilege. I did not know Mrs Arnold, but judging by the number of people that went to her funeral and what I have read since she was an incredible woman. 15 minutes of delay in my little world was a small price to pay.

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    Mrs O

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • As the eldest Son of Mrs May Arnold, I would like to advise that the service and procession was carried out to the highest standards, conforming to protocol. Perhaps the person making the above comment, would perhaps like to check facts, before making comments, of this nature. Please be aware, the relevant authorities, including the Police, had been informed of my Late Mothers funeral procession. My late Mother contributed an awful lot for the area, perhaps one should be a little more sensitive and respect the funeral of one of the area's, true ambassador's.

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    Overstrand Lad

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

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