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Forearmed is Forearmed
An Official Tribute and History of The Royal Observer Corps by Henry Buckton
When the Royal Observer Corps was Stood Down in 1991, an idea hatched in my mind to create a quality tribute to the thusands of men and woman who had served the Corps through the decades, which would raise funds for the ROC Benevolent Fund. I approached the Central Committee with the idea and after discussion they gave it unanimous approval. As a tribute I wanted to get as many people as involved as I could and the response was staggering. One feature of the book is a collection of written contributions, in which well known people who at some time in the past have had some dealings with the Corps, give their own view. With pride I can say that none approached had a negative view or had a bad word to say. Everyone was full of the highest admiration, and only too pleased to add their own humble contributions to the book. Among these contributors are the Prime Minister John Major and ex Prime Ministers Baroness Thatcher and Lord Callaghan. There are politicians such as Kenneth Baker, Tom King, Douglas Hurd, Michael Hesteltine and Sir Leon Brittan. Wartime fighter pilots who knew form first hand the worth of the Corps, such as Johnnie Johnson and Sir Hugh Dundas. The RAF of today is represented by the likes of Air Chief Mashal Sir Michael Graydon and Air Commodore Donaldson. Yeovil Group gets a personal tribute through the contribution of Paddy Ashdown. Even Her Majesty the Queen, our patron, supplied an address from Buckingham Palace on headed notepaper for publication. Other contributions have come in many forms and form varied sources, for instance, the music of Skywatch was provided by its composer Wing Commander Roy Davies.
Next came the history of the Corps which itself concentrates very mich on the tributes paid to the Organisation through its existance. At this point I would like to give a special thanks to Alan Price-Talbot for the work he has done on the origins of early warning systems. Another person who gave up a great deal of his time and without who the book wouldn't have been such a success, is Neville Cullingford, curator of the ROC Museum, who searched through thousands of photographs to provide the publication with a fresh feel. When everything was ready the manuscript was checked and rechecked by members of the Central Committee, Mrs J.Shrubbs MBE, Mr M.Marks and John Murphy OBE, and Observer Lieutenant P.Proost at Bentley Priory. After two long years, the tribute and history is now ready and available from the publishers: Ashford, Buchan and Enright, 31 Bridge Street, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8BN.
I hope that readers will find the book worthy of the wonderful organisation whose spirit we are now entrusted to keep alive through our involvement with ROCA.