From striking glass sculptures to simple stone cairns, there are more than 360 memorials at the National Memorial Arboretum, for both military and civilian associations, all with fascinating stories and symbolism waiting to be discovered. Between the 25 December and the 5 January you can discover more about just some of these memorials at our short free daily 12 Days of Christmas Memorial Talks.
The Royal Naval Patrol Service (RNPS) was set up in August 1939. Consisting initially of 200 trawlers, drifters and whalers manned by some 6,000 fishermen, the ships were equipped with guns mostly from the First World War and with anti-submarine patrol and minesweeping equipment. By the end of the Second World War there were 66,000 men, 600 Wrens and 2,000 ships.
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