Terry who is the Honorary Secretary, Treasurer, newsletter editor, of the Derbyshire Submariners, as well as Vice President, is also highly dedicated to the village of Stanley, and the surrounding area.
As a local historian, he was approached in 2002 by his friend, churchwarden Bernard Walters, who 60 years earlier had witnessed the wartime crash of a Vickers Wellington bomber on the near outskirts of the village.
Terry was asked to help establish a permanent memorial to the victims of the crash, and he threw himself into this task.
Terry played a leading role in the erection of a memorial tablet, listing the names of those aboard the downed aircraft, which lies in the churchyard of St Andrew’s in Stanley. This was completed in time for a dedication service on 11th July 2004, attended by descendants of the victims, and Terry helped arrange a flypast by the Lancaster of the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to mark the occasion.
After 30 years serving in the Royal Navy, Terry has been active in a number of organisations dedicated to helping ex-forces personnel. Terry has supported the Poppy Appeal for over half-a-century and acts as the appeal organiser for Stanley Village Area.
Terry was presented with the BCA Medal of Honour by Leighton Bonnett, Director of Air Freight from Sponsors, Uniserve who said “Congratulations to Terry Hall, a dedicated figure in Derbyshire, celebrated for his commitment to preserving history, honoring the fallen, and supporting ex-forces personnel. As the Poppy Appeal organiser and multifaceted contributor, Terry stands as a testament to the lasting impact of individual dedication on community well-being.”
ABOUT THE BRITISH CITIZEN AWARD
The British Citizen Award was established in 2015 to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on their communities and society. The BCA recognises true community heroes who would otherwise likely be overlooked. Dubbed ‘The People’s Honours’, the BCA has so far recognised over 573 exceptional individuals for their divergent endeavours, making them a very exclusive group of the nation’s favourites.
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Original articla can be found here British Citizen Award Honour – Submariners Association