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Post  Guest on Fri 25 Feb - 11:22

A pensioner who lived through the war has become the millionth person to receive a new look UK passport.

Janet Varrall, 82, from Deal, also became one of 700,000 people to get the travel document free as part of the no cost passports scheme for the wartime generation, which has been running since 2004.

The new 'Scenic Britain' passport, which includes iconic images from across the nation like the White Cliffs of Dover, the Gower Peninsula, Ben Nevis and the Giant's Causeway, was first issued last October. It features 50 more security enhancements than the previous version.

Sarah Rapson, Chief Executive of the Identity and Passport Service, said: ‘Mrs Varrall and her generation deserve to get their passports for free in recognition for the sacrifices they made during the war. It is right that those who gave up so much to guarantee our security should be given the privilege of free passports.’

Mrs Varrall measured out rations as a teenager during the war and also looked after the Women's Land Army as they ploughed the fields, dug up potatoes and harvested the crops.

She said: ‘I am pleased the government has thought to recognise the hard work and sacrifices my generation made during the war in this way.’

In recognition of the sacrifices made by World War Two veterans and civilians, every British Citizen born on or before 2 September 1929 does not have to pay for a UK passport.

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/millionth-new-passport-issued


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Post  Guest on Fri 25 Feb - 11:30

i am very glad they included civilians
because my late father could not sign up and fight, he was rejected several times
and it was a source of great shame to him because his 4 brothers and sisters were all in the forces
in later life all his pals were in the british legion which he could not join
and he felt he was looked down on because all the others were servicemen and he wasnt
however what he was doing was every bit as dangerous
he was a metalworker in the clyde shipyards working on warships
and the shipyards were constantly bombed
that is why he could not sign up - reserved occupation, he was more valuable to the war effort where he was
but that never gets recognised by anybody, you dont see civilian representatives at the war memorial on poppy day etc

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Post  malena stool on Fri 25 Feb - 21:01

The Famous Grouse wrote:i am very glad they included civilians
because my late father could not sign up and fight, he was rejected several times
and it was a source of great shame to him because his 4 brothers and sisters were all in the forces
in later life all his pals were in the british legion which he could not join
and he felt he was looked down on because all the others were servicemen and he wasnt
however what he was doing was every bit as dangerous
he was a metalworker in the clyde shipyards working on warships
and the shipyards were constantly bombed
that is why he could not sign up - reserved occupation, he was more valuable to the war effort where he was
but that never gets recognised by anybody, you dont see civilian representatives at the war memorial on poppy day etc
In total agreement with you Grouse, I'm in a long running dispute with DEFRA over the Women's Land Army badges they have recently awarded. The landgirls, the lumberjills, munitions workers, arms workers and Bevan boys played just as important role as servicemen, yet they will only award these badges to women still alive or where death has occurred after 6 December 2007. My mother who died in 2006 aged 85 is not entitled to receive it even as a posthumous award by the limits imposed. The same rules apply to the awarding of all non service badges. The limit being put in place by Labour politicians and civil servants who were not yet born when the events took place and are probably immigrants anyway.

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