Memorial to Quaker service to be inaugurated at National Arboretum
A memorial to Quaker service will be opened at the National Arboretum at Alrewas near Lichfield on 20 April.It commemorates the work of the Friends Ambulance Unit and Friends Relief Service during World War II.
The Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) was an independent body led by Quakers but open to all. During the Second World War over 1,300 men and women served in 25 countries, building a record of goodwill and positive service.
The FAU enabled conscientious objectors to serve in theatres of war through the provision of first aid and medical relief to civilian and military casualties, refugees and displaced persons of any nationality. Many FAU members served in military mobile units with the British and French armies. They followed the Free French Army as it advanced from the Middle East into Italy and across into France. Seventeen members of the FAU lost their lives during the Second World War. ....
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