Arriva supports 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 Manchester, Liverpool and Rhyl.
This year, Arriva is supporting the Royal British Legion as part of 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, Arriva buses from the Wythenshawe, Liverpool Green Lane and Rhyl depots 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.
Alastair Nuttall, an Arriva General Manager, shared the stories of his great uncle and grandfather, who both served in the First World War.
Speaking about his great uncle, Private 20292 Arthur Wellesley Mann, of the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, Alastair said: “He was posted as having been killed in action on 14 September 1916, during the first Battle of the Somme.
“Like so many, he has no known resting place but is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in France and in the churchyard of Stand Church in Whitefield.”
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.
At 11am on Remembrance Sunday, Arriva drivers will hold a two minutes silence on board the bus, if it is safe and legal to do so, as a further mark of respect to those fallen.
Lisa Pearson, head of marketing for Arriva North West & Wales, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the Royal British Legion’s #ThankYou100 campaign. Every year, the Legion does remarkable work to remember those who fought for our freedom, and so this year we wanted to ensure we paid our respects to the fearless soldiers who gave their lives for our country by adding poppies to our buses to raise further awareness of the cause.”
To see the Royal British Legion’s remembered soldiers, and for information on how you can also say thank you, visit www.everyoneremembered.org/.
Other Arriva stories can also be found at www.arrivabus.co.uk/thankyou100.
Pictured L - R: Arthur Wellesley Mann, Tom Walker Mann while at a military hospital in Gravesend