Arriva pledges support to the Royal British Legion with poppy themed buses
To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, Arriva has added the poppy motif to buses in towns across the country
This year, Arriva has partnered with the Royal British Legion to take part in the #ThankYou100 campaign, which aims to give thanks to everyone who contributed, sacrificed and innovated during the First World War.
In the run up to Remembrance Sunday, selected Arriva buses will feature the famous Royal British Legion poppy design and Thank You 100 message as a mark of respect to all those involved.
As part of its commitment to the campaign, Arriva has also encouraged staff to look back at their family history to share stories of those involved in the war, to be included in a series of dedicated social media posts for Armistice Day.
At 11am on Remembrance Sunday, drivers will hold a two minutes silence on board the bus as a further mark of respect to those fallen. Royal British Legion collection tins and poppies will also be displayed in selected Arriva travel shops for passengers to make a donation to the charity.
The Royal British Legion has set up a website on which people can leave messages of gratitude and remembrance for family and friends lost during times of conflict.
Arriva employees have been sharing their own stories and photographs...
John Harris, a bus driving instructor in Northfleet
has developed a passion for war history after hearing his grandparents talk about the war as a child. They brought John up and spoke a lot about the Second World War, which his grandfather served in.
John’s great uncle, Private 3039 George Harris of the 10th Battalion, Rifle Brigade Prince Consort's Own, also served in the First World War, and was sadly killed aged just 23 on 30 November 1917 at the Battle of Cambrai.
In honour of his serving family members, John is now part of a living history group which portrays The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, which happens to be the very regiment his grandfather served during the Second World War.
Every year, John also works with the Royal British Legion, and will say a few words of remembrance on Friday 9 November at the Arriva Northfleet Office.
John was proud to be able to share these evocative images of his family members with us.
Alastair Nuttall, Arriva's general manager for Bolton and Wythenshawe
lost his great uncle, Private 20292 Arthur Wellesley Mann, of the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, was posted as having been “Killed in Action” on 14th September 1916, during the first Battle of the Somme.
He has no known resting place and is instead remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in France and on the war memorial in the churchyard of Stand Church, Whitefield with the inscription “Never known, always remembered”.
Alastair’s grandfather, Tom Walker Mann, served in the Royal Fusiliers, after being called up to the army in early 1917. He was badly wounded in action during the war and was subsequently discharged from military service, where he survived his injuries, but sadly passed away in March 1981.