Standard raised for Legion stalwart Gladys
THE standard will be raised one last time for a former nurse and stalwart of the Royal British Legion who has died at the age of 95.
Gladys Riddick's commitment to the armed forces charity and other good causes had its roots in her wartime experience.
During the Second World War she was an evacuation officer who helped to get hundreds of children out of London on trains and away from the dangers of the Blitz.
After the war, she was in the retained fire service with her husband Leonard and later the Women's Royal Voluntary Service helping with meals on wheels.
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She was still a relatively young woman when she began her long association with the RBL.
She moved to Torquay in 1984 and regularly carried the standard on parades and represented the charity at the Royal Albert Hall.
She was held in such high regard that she was selected to lay the wreath for the women's branch at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in 1988.
Gladys also worked for the Red Cross and at its shop in Torquay.
In her late 70s, she could be seen collecting for the Poppy Appeal all over Torbay and was awarded a badge of merit for her long service to the legion.
She had two children, Maureen and Ben.
Maureen said the bare facts of her long service to the charities does not do justice to the hard work she put in.
"My brother and I are just very proud of her for what she achieved in her life and all the people she's helped along the way."
Gladys died at Woodland nursing home in Torquay.
Her funeral will be at Torquay Crematorium at 1pm tomorrow.
Members of the RBL will raise the standard which she proudly held aloft for many years.
All members and friends are welcome to attend.